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Cephalopods, Camouflage Masters

Winter Fishtival December 28: Cephalopods, Camouflage Masters

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day.

Hatchlings at the Seattle Aquarium

Hatchlings at the Seattle Aquarium

As you might imagine, rearing baby lumpsuckers from eggs is a challenging process. But Seattle Aquarium staff have found success for a long time and have contributed to the larger community’s general understanding of this adorable fish species’ early needs. 

Birds, bees and octopuses

Birds, bees and octopuses

As you may already know, we couldn’t play Cupid to giant Pacific octopuses Pancake and Raspberry this year—turns out Cupid’s arrow had already hit the mark with female Raspberry, who started laying eggs before her blind date with male Pancake. 

Get ready for Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium!

Get ready for Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium!

In anticipation of Octopus Week, February 18–26, as well as our Octopus Blind Date on February 14 (Valentine’s Day!), we asked Senior Aquarist Kathryn Kegel to answer a few questions for us.

An octet of octopus “Did you knows?”

An octet of octopus “Did you knows?”

1. You may have heard that octopuses are colorblind because they only have one kind of photoreceptor in their eyes. But did you know that recent studies may bea able to explain how cephalopods could still perceive color due to the odd shape of their pupil? It’s true. 

GPO

More than meets the eye: octopus age and maturity

We can look at another human being and estimate their age pretty easily—but it’s not so simple with octopuses. Scientists haven’t yet found a reliable way to identify the age of giant Pacific octopuses (or GPOs), since no part of the animal’s body, even the beak, shows any growth rings or other measures. 

Hawktopus

The Seattle Searocks Hawktopus prepares for NFSea Championship

The Seattle Searocks have been preparing for Sunday’s NFSea Championship game against the Green Bay Prawns, by fine tuning their tackling techniques. And who better to demonstrate, then Seattle Aquarium’s very own, Hawktopus. He can squeeze through any hole in a team’s defensive line, just as long as his helmet fits through!

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival December 26-January 5

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival December 26-January 5

Come to the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. This free event is included with Aquarium admission, no reservations necessary.

Giant Pacific octopus protection update

Giant Pacific octopus protection update

In November of last year news reports of the killing of a giant Pacific octopus near Alki Point raised questions about the possible need for protective measures for the species. 

An Octopus Blind Date!

Today at noon we removed the barrier separating our male and female octopuses on exhibit for our Octopus Blind Date! After our female octopus, Mayhem, played hard to get for a little bit, both animals came together. Our female Mayhem will be released as part of Octopus Week on the 18th, followed by Rocky, our male on the 25th.

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