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We currently do not have an octopus on exhibit. While the octopus is away, we will have skates in the tank. The big skate is the largest species of skate in the waters off North America.
Check out our previous octopus enjoying some fun with a toy watering can during his quarantine with our Aquatic Animal Health Program.
Octopuses are short-lived, and we generally keep them for only a few months before returning them to the ocean, usually when they begin to show signs of senescence (old age).
Because of that, 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.
The Octocam view is occasionally cloudy (due to maintenance on the seawater systems, for instance) or dark, or we sometimes have to take the cameras down for repair or replacement. If you can't see a good image, please revisit us in a day or two. We may also darken the tank by covering it when the Visitor Center is closed, to give the octopus time to rest.
Learn more about our octopus guests by visiting our OctoFAQ