Tentacles, presented by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, takes guests out to the deep waters of the open ocean and places them in the midst of jellyfish, octopus, cuttlefish, and other strange and wonderful species.
This dark environment showcases the deepest depths of the ocean, where sunlight can’t reach, but live thrives nonetheless. In this unfamiliar world, guests are treated to an up-close look at these unusual animals, and in some cases, even the opportunity to touch them. Several species of jellyfish are illuminated to give our guests an up-close at these floating phantoms – without fear of being stung. At our moon jelly touch pool, gently pet these delicate and translucent creatures and learn more about their fascinating features from our knowledgeable staff.
Several other tentacled creatures reside here, including the chambered nautilus and cuttlefish. But the star of the show is Otis, the giant Pacific octopus. This highly-intelligent cephalopod changes colors and stretches out all eight of his arms during his daily enrichment sessions with trainers.
The Tentacles exhibit aims to highlight these in a species in a way that will start a conversation about an important environmental issue: marine debris. Debris such as plastic bags, bottles and monofilament looks similar to jellies, a major component of several sea turtle species’ diets. Eating these items can have a devastating impact on the health of sea turtles and many other ocean creatures.