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New 20th Anniversary Animals

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Day octopus in the Tentacles and Ink exhibit Brian Gray/Aquarium of the Pacific

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. The first animal on display will be a day octopus. Unlike most species of octopus, which are nocturnal, this species is most active during the day, hence its common name. It frequently changes the color and texture of its skin to blend in with the reef environment as camouflage. This species lives on coral reefs and in shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, from Hawaii to the eastern coast of Africa. It feeds on fish, crabs, shrimp, and other small prey.

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.

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Harbor seal Shelby nuzzles her new pup Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific