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Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists. Our special exhibition is the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these amazing animals. You won't believe your eyes.

In this Exhibit

We try to keep this list as up to date as possible but please check with the information desk when you arrive for a current list of animals on exhibit.

Bigfin reef squid

Sepioteuthis lessoniana

While other squid are lone rangers, when bigfin reef squid encounter predators they school together into one long line to appear larger.

Range: Indo-Pacific

Flamboyant cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi

The flamboyant cuttlefish lumbers along the seafloor on its arms and skin flaps, flashing hypnotic colors.

Range: Papua New Guinea and the Philippines to northern Australia

Day octopus

Octopus cyanea

While most octopuses hunt at night, this predator spends the day stalking large crabs, clams and fishes.

Range: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii
Wunderpus octopus


Wunderpus photogenicus

This master of disguise changes its color, shape and movements to look like other sea animals.

Range: Indo-Malayan Archipelago
Giant pacific octopus

Giant Pacific octopus

Enteroctopus dofleini

This large octopus hatches from an egg the size of a grain of rice. On day one, its eight little arms already have about 14 tiny suckers each.

Range: Japan to Alaska to Baja California
Chambered nautilus

Chambered nautilus

Nautilus sp.

This cousin of the octopus is a living link to the past — little about it has changed for more than 150 million years.

Range: Indo-Pacific

What are Cephalopods?

Octopuses, squid, cuttlefishes and nautiluses are marine molluscs, related to snails and slugs. They're found in the world's ocean and at all depths. They can be colorful or transparent and range in size from less than an inch to more than 50 feet. More than 800 species of cephalopods have been identified. These animals share a similar body plan that includes a head and eyes, a mantle and siphon, arms and tentacles, a beak and a file-like radula.

only have arms
(eight of them)
only have tentacles
(up to 100 of them!)
have eight arms + two retractable tentacles
have eight arms + two retractable tentacles

The Art of Adapting

Related to Tentacles