Alien-looking. Intelligent. Master of camouflage.

Blue blood. Three hearts. Eight arms.

No bones. Eats crab. Toxic saliva.

When: February 15–23

It’s an animal of mystery and legend. An icon. And one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound: the giant Pacific octopus. Celebrate President’s Day weekend and mid-winter break with this very special local celebrity.

Join us on a mission of discovery as we explore the mystery and lifestyle of this amazing undersea animal with daily octopus feedings and talks, plus hands-on activities. In addition, the following action-packed activities are highlights of Octopus Week:

  • Live octopus release on Saturday, 2/15 at noon. Watch live video feed as our biologists escort one of our octopuses, to a new home in Puget Sound, just below the Aquarium’s pier. The following Saturday, 2/22 at noon, another octopus will be released. Divers will suit up in the Puget Sound Hall starting at 11:30am. Guests will be able to interact with the divers-learn about all the dive equipment and ask questions about the octopus as well!
  • Divers swim with an octopus on 2/16 and 2/23 at noon in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Get a one-of-a-kind view of an octopus and learn amazing facts about this iconic Puget Sound animal.
  • Octopus weigh-in on Wednesday, 2/19 at 1:30pm. How does one weigh a slippery, suckery, and boneless giant Pacific octopus? Come see for yourself at this demonstration during Octopus Week.

About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at www.seattleaquarium.org/donate.

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Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345