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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.

Seattle Aquarium featured on Scientific American blog

Seattle Aquarium featured on Scientific American blog

The Aquarium’s “Octopus Blind Date” event was featured on the “Octopus Chronicles” section of the Scientific American  blog—on Valentine’s Day, appropriately enough! 

Octopus Week a hit with young visitor

The Seattle Aquarium’s annual Octopus Week event came to a close on February 24—but not before it made some wonderful memories for plenty of Aquarium visitors, including a 4-year-old boy named Jacob.

Octopus Blind Date

Octopus Blind Date

Watch what happens when sixteen arms, six hearts (three hearts each) and two giant Pacific octopuses meet on Valentine’s Day. Rocky, the big male giant Pacific octopus pictured on the left and Mayhem, pictured on the right will meet on Valentine’s Day when the Plexiglas barrier between their two sides is removed for an Octopus Week preview event - Octopus Blind Date. Aquarium biologists set the mood with decorative hearts, roses and romantic music a

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