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Our special exhibit featuring the astounding lives of octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes is now open. We’re so excited that we’ve dedicated this board to our love of all-things-armed-or-tentacled. Get ready for cephalopod overload!

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Octopus hand-printed linocut by mmennitt on Etsy.

Octopus hand-printed linocut - Framed 6 x 8"

Wave your tentacles in the air! Meet many-armed denizens of the deep in our Tentacles exhibition—and try to count all the suckers on our giant Pacific octopus! (Photo: Charlene Boarts)

Eight arms, two tentacles, all snuggles. Our orange squid plush is available in our Gift & Bookstore!

Gift & Bookstore at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

My, what an ancient shell you have! The nautilus is a living link to the past—this cousin of the octopus hasn’t changed much in 150 million years. To control its buoyancy, the nautilus pumps fluids in and out its shell chambers, which are connected by tubes called "siphuncles."

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How many colors can you count on this kaleidoscopic bigfin reef squid? Like many cephalopods, they shift colors to attract mates or intimidate competition. You'll never see the same pattern twice!

Monterey Bay Aquarium, How many colors can you count on this...

Did you know we have an Instagram? Follow us @montereybayaquarium! Photo: @marikamem.

Cozy up to eight arms with our orange octopus plush from our Gift & Bookstore!

Gift & Bookstore at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Need a hug? Just put our wallpaper on your computer screen for your daily cephalopod squeeze!

Now on exhibit: the largest cuttlefish we’ve ever displayed! This broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) is the size of a football, and has an oversize attitude to match. “They’re pretty feisty!"

Otherworldly, unique and under pressure. The nautilus has survived for millions of years—but the future is uncertain for this animal with a sought-after shell. Come see them in our Tentacles exhibition!

Otherworldly, unique and under pressure. The...

Swordtail squid (Chiroteuthis calyx). Photo by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Mimic Octopus wall sculpture by Kalliopi Monoyios

Octopus Tentacles Vinyl Wall Art by StreamlineDesign

Pharaoh cuttlefish © Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Official Site


Custom Octopus Shower Curtain by redbeauty

Miss these masters of disguise? We did! Glad to say we once again have pharaoh cuttlefish on exhibit in Tentacles.

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Octopus Creature Cup by creaturecups

Nautilus shell Coral decor by graphicals

Stumpy Cuttlefish on Exhibit!

Bobtail squid by Joel Sartore.

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Nautilus Copper Earrings by zephyr9

Raku Luminary / Hanging Lamp with mosaic- style Humboldt Squid design by davidroon

Octopus print by Lorene on Instagram

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Hawaii Golden Ratio Nautilus Ammonite shirt by AkuaCreative