Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes are the main attractions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new Tentacles Exhibit. This exhibit of Cephalopods is the first time such a large scale exhibit of these animals has been attempted. I was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the door to view this amazing exhibit.
Since this type of exhibit had never been attempted before it took the Aquarium over two years to develop it. These are special animals that live in conditions that are a lot different from the average aquarium display. The displays had to be developed to fit the environment that the animals are found in.
The other big challenge that the aquarium faced was that the lifespan of some of the animals is not very long. A breeding program was developed so that there would always be animals to display.
You know that the Tentacles exhibit is a big deal when you walk up to the front of the aquarium and see giant octopus tentacles rising from the roof of the building.
The exhibit has over two dozen animals that rotate throughout the year. This is nice because there will always be something new to see in each visit. One of the most unique is the Flapjack Octopus which is found deep in the bay next to the aquarium and has never been displayed before.
What I really liked about the Tentacles exhibit was that it did not overwhelm me with information like some of these types of exhibits do. There were short explanations about the display which let me focus on the animals.
The use of interactive multimedia was nicely integrated into the exhibit and could be used to learn more about the animals. If you go make sure to try out the Cephalopod Selfie creator. It transforms your face into a color and pattern changing cephalopod and allows you to email it to yourself.
The Tentacles Exhibit is only one of the reasons to go to the Aquarium. There are so many other great exhibits to see. I especially liked the Jellies Experience. I spent the whole day there and still did not get to see everything.
- The Aquarium located on Cannery Row and is open daily. Check the website for hours and more information.
- Tickets are $39.95 for adults and $24.95 for children 3-12. Discounts are given for Seniors and Students.
- If you are staying at a hotel in the area they have two day tickets for the price of a one day ticket.
- There are a Casual Cafe and Full Service restaurant in the Aquarium.
DISCLAIMER: My visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was part of a trip sponsored by the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are my own.