Tentacles and Ink
The Tropical Pacific Gallery now features a cephalopod exhibit to highlight the beauty and fascinating characteristics of these animals. Cephalopods include squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish, and they can change their color and pattern and shoot a jet of ink when disturbed. The new exhibit, which formerly housed the ribbon dragons, is located across from the Tropical Reef main viewing window and is called Tentacles and Ink. This exhibit will feature animals like cuttlefish to showcase various species of cephalopods. Previous animals on view have included a day octopus and bigfin reef squid. Currently this exhibit houses about a dozen golden cuttlefish. Rarely displayed in the United States, this species’ natural range is Southern Japan to Vietnam and the Philippines. They are likely to reach a maximum length of about 18 centimeters.
Harbor Seal Pup
On April 20 Shelby the harbor seal gave birth to a pup, her third born here at the Aquarium. Her first, a female named Bixby, was born in 2012, and Toby, a male, was born in 2014. Harbor seal Troy is the father of all three pups. Shelby is one of the Aquarium’s original animals here since opening day. Troy, the Aquarium’s only male harbor seal, came to the Aquarium in 2007. Female harbor seals typically give birth to young starting at four to five years of age. However, Shelby became a mother for the first time at sixteen years old.