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We currently have a giant Pacific octopus on exhibit! Check out the camera feeds below to see what she is up to.
We have a new giant Pacific octopus on exhibit. While she adjusts to her environment, a curtain has been placed around part of the tank to give her some privacy. For this reason, the view on the octocams is a bit darker than usual. The VC aquarists are working with her daily, so she gets used to interacting with them. While this transition is going on, we don't have specific days and times set for feeding presentations.
The Octocam view is occasionally cloudy (usually due to maintenance on the seawater systems) or dark. We sometimes darken the tank by covering it when the Visitor Center is closed to give the octopus time to rest. If you can't see a clear image, please revisit us in a day or two.
Watch this Visitor Center octopus playing with a toy watering can during his quarantine with our Aquatic Animal Health Program.
Octopuses are short-lived, so we try to keep them for only a few months before returning them to the ocean - usually when they begin to show signs of senescence (aging). Pictured right is an octopus from the Visitor Center resting in the water right after it was returned to the ocean.
Learn more about our octopus guests by visiting our OctoFAQ
You can also watch this recent video of Renee Fowler and our current, and extremely active, resident octopus at feeding time. Renee shares interesting facts about Giant Pacific octopi.
We are always looking for live octopus donations from crabbers, fishermen, divers and others who inadvertently catch these curious animals when they climb into their traps or nets in search of food. Please contact us if you have an octopus to donate.
Note: A state-issued shellfish license is required to make an octopus donation. Contact our Marine Education Volunteer Coordinator, Renee Fowler, if you have an octopus to donate.