Juvenile pharaoh cuttlefish are now in Tentacles! These cuttlefish hunt crabs and fishes, propelling themselves through the water using the delicate fringe that runs along their bodies. You'll need to look carefully for them—they're only about two inches in size and are masters of camouflage!
Put your hands together for our newest arrivals! These translucent clapper jellies (Sarsia tubulosa) were grown behind the scenes from polyps provided by Kamo Aquarium in Japan. You can check out these delicate drifters now in The Jellies Experience.
The largest cuttlefish we've ever displayed! This broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) is the size of a football, and has an oversize attitude to match. It uses its arms in various colors and shapes to help distract prey before attacking. Our supersize cephalopod was reared from eggs shipped from Japan, and you can see it on display now in Tentacles. We're the only U.S. aquarium to have this species!
X marks the spot! As you might guess, the cross jelly (Mitrocoma cellularia) is named for the four white canals that meet near the gut in the middle of the jelly's bell. Recent studies suggest that this jelly might "smell" food in the water and move toward it. You can check out these cool creatures for yourself in The Jellies Experience.
Welcome, new loggerhead hatchling! After releasing our young loggerhead turtle into the Atlantic yesterday, we've got yet another hatchling to raise here at the Aquarium in our Open Sea gallery and prepare for release into the wild. Rescued two months ago in North Carolina, our new loggerhead weighs just over two ounces and is only about three inches long.
Bon voyage, young turtle! The little loggerhead that's been growing up in our Open Sea gallery flew east on November 3 and was released into the Atlantic Ocean today, 30 miles off Beaufort, North Carolina. Our little loggerhead, "Monterey," was one of 60 rescued turtles released thanks to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.