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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Tentacles Exhibition

Giant pacific octopus, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”, on April 12.“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Juvenile cuttlefish are raised behind the scenes for exhibit in the Splash Zone

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“Tentacles” is the largest, most diverse living exhibition ever created to showcase these amazing animals. Over the life of the exhibit, visitors might see any of the two dozen species that will rotate through a dozen exhibits, from the giant Pacific octopus to chambered nautilus, the Hawaiian bobtail squid to wunderpus octopus and more. On occasion lucky visitors may see never-before-exhibited deep sea squid and octopuses collected in collaboration with the aquarium’s sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

The aquarium’s other special exhibition, “The Jellies Experience,” put jellies center stage. These graceful, dancing drifters that pulse and glow, flash colorful lights and often pack a powerful sting are alive in all their psychedelic glory in this mind-blowing special exhibition.

Mediterranean jellies (Cotylorhiza tuberculata), featured in "The Jellies Experience"

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“Tentacles” and “The Jellies Experience” are just two of the many exciting things to see and do in 2014 at the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium, which opened its doors on Monterey’s historic Cannery Row in October 1984. Besides engaging live exhibits, visitors can enjoy special weekend events, extended hours on summer weekends, Aquarium Adventures and other programs, as well as great dining options.

Special exhibitions and all exhibits and programs except Aquarium Adventures are included with aquarium admission. Rates and hours vary by season. The aquarium is located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except December 25. Visit for more information on exhibits and daily programs, and to purchase tickets online. Advance tickets can also be purchased toll-free by phone from the aquarium at (866) 963-9645. The website also hosts streaming live web cams. The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.