Accommodations, travel, and entrance to Tentacles Monterey Bay Aquarium were provided to facilitate this story; however, all opinions are my own. See Monterey #Tentacles
The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes
Monterey Bay Aquarium –Daily Schedule
886 Cannery Row
This new exhibit opened to the public on 4/12/14 and it’s one that you won’t want to miss. It’s the first of it’s kind and the chance for us to get up close and see what occupies our sea. It focuses on Cephalopods octopuses, cuttlefish, nautilus, mollusks, and squid.
Want to get the most out of your visit? Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium App! You’ll get information about the animals and exhibits, plus special events and fun activities like feeding time alerts. Also, before you go, listen to two special podcasts about the new exhibit – Tentacles preview, part 1 and part 2.
Pictorial overview of Tentacles Monterey Bay Aquarium
From the moment you hit Cannery Row, you know something big is going on. Tentacles – Monterey Bay Aquarium – the new exhibit is welcomed to the area with banners featuring the octopuses most recognizable feature!
Even the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium got a makeover with a surprise visitor. Kids and adults are loving the new addition.
Inside guests are greeted with a hint of what’s to come inside.
First a bit of history on the myths created in fictional stories of these ocean creatures.
Then we meet the family. An interactive display which features all of the creatures we’re about to see.
Tanks are well lighted and a perfect place to settle in and watch these sea creatures go about their lives.
Technology and interactivity are wound in and around the live animals to add to the exhibit’s learning capacity, not take away from the wonder of them.
These sea creatures are notorious for the camouflage capabilities. Can you spot the white octopus? Hint, it’s in the center of the shot.
I believe this is a Bigfin Reef Squid. They all look a bit alike to me, but they were pretty curious about us.
Did you spot the Red Octopus? You may have mistaken it for a rock.
This Octopus was hiding in plain site! I looked all over the tank only to find he was inches from my face!
This interactive area was very popular with people of all ages – it’s a chance to turn yourself into a Cephalopods! Make a face and you’re “painted” to look like one of them.
Then everyone’s new look is shared on a big screen.
That’s me in the top/center making my “OMG I JUST FOUND THE OCTOPUS” face. Add your email and they’ll send you your video.
Cuttlefish? Who knew they were so cute? And clever!
They’re masters at camouflage for sure!
Some were even buried under the sand.
Others were all about getting their close-ups in.
Probably my favorite, the nautilus are really unique looking animals and the only cephalopod without an external shell.
If you have a chance, get to Tentacles. It’s a temporary exhibit only scheduled through Labor Day 2016. But it’s worth a trip to see now so you don’t miss out.
Please note that every tank has 2-3 genus backups, so no two days touring the exhibit will be the same.
Related to Tentacles
- Podcast: Tentacles preview, part 1
- Podcast: Tentacles preview, part 2
- Two Bigfin Reef Squids Wallpaper
- Bigfin Reef Squid Wallpaper
Plan Your Visit to Tentacles Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dining at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Hours vary)
- Cindy’s Waterfront
11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Hours vary)