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Octopus Facts

  • The average life span in the wild is 1 to 2 years.

  • Their favorite foods are crabs, shrimps, and lobsters rank among their favorite foods, but some can attack larger prey such as sharks.

  • Octopuses have three hearts.

  • The common octopus weights 6.6-22 pounds and can be 12" to 36" in size.

  • Octopuses have been around a long time - octopus fossils have been found from 296 million years ago.

  • The plural of "octopus" is "octopuses."

  • Octopus arms have a mind of their own.

  • Octopuses have blue blood.

  • If threatened, octopuses shoot an inky fluid that darks the water and confuses the aggressor.

Jellyfish in Aquarium
Sea creature
Sea Sponges
Couple of Penguins

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Today we're visiting one of our favorite places! Learn about the animals, their habitats, and care.


Check out the live cams to see what they're up to right now! Which did you like the most?

Want to dive deeper and learn more? Check out the education section.

Aviary birdwatching

Coral reef community


Jelly in Open Sea

  • Watch the graceful movement of the sea nettles and learn how they hunt and survive.

Kelp forests provide food and shelter

Monterey Bay view from the deck

  • From the deck, identify the birds and sea mammals of Monterey Bay. Watch for black cormorants perched on a rock, harbor seals and sea otter.

Moon jelly

  • Watch these delicate and translucent bells pulsate with the current.

  • Distinctive characteristics include bright, petal-like gonads and a fine stinging fringe for hunting.

  • What they eat transforms their colors!

Open sea


  • Energetic and inquisite, watch these African penguins dart and dive! 

  • Check out the daily feeding at 3p.m. PDT.

Sea Otters

  • Like us, the southern sea otters love to play with toys, lounge and snooze.

  • Check out the narrated feeding at 1:30 p.m. PDT.




Coast of Stinson Beach, CA

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