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Tentacles

Tentacles is closed until April 13.
We're reconfiguring some areas behind the scenes, but we'll jet back soon!

Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists. Our special exhibition is the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these amazing animals. You won't believe your eyes.

What are Cephalopods?

Octopuses, squid, cuttlefishes and nautiluses are marine molluscs, related to snails and slugs. They're found in the world's ocean and at all depths. They can be colorful or transparent and range in size from less than an inch to more than 50 feet. More than 800 species of cephalopods have been identified. These animals share a similar body plan that includes a head and eyes, a mantle and siphon, arms and tentacles, a beak and a file-like radula.

Octopus
only have arms
(eight of them)
Nautilus
only have tentacles
(up to 100 of them!)
Squid
have eight arms + two retractable tentacles
Cuttlefish
have eight arms + two retractable tentacles

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