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That’s a wrap! We’re already counting down the days until next year’s Cephalopod Week.

Make sure you check out the official Cephalopod Week blog for more cephalocontent from Science Friday as well as MBARI and other inkredible organizations! http://mbayaq.co/28PgMw4 
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One of our very own cephalopod experts, Senior Aquarist Bret Grasse, chats with Science Friday about the fantastic flamboyant cuttlefish!
Internet chatter suggests that the flamboyant cuttlefish—known for ambling along the seafloor and flashing brilliant displays—is toxic. What does the science say?
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Calling all members--ready, set, NOM! Join us for our annual Picnic by the Bay
on Thursday, July 7 and enjoy dining on our ocean-front decks or in front of your favorite exhibit.
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Want to join the cephalopod decathlon? It’ll take some training—and a few extra body parts! #CephalopodWeek
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Cephalopods are superlative and sneaky assassins, using countless tricks to catch unsuspecting critters. #CephalopodWeek  
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This cultured cuttlefish is far from common! The dark-brown ink of the common cuttlefish was used to create many great works of art and literature. These masterpieces were made in “sepia tone”—after the Greek “sepia” for “cuttlefish”! ‪#‎CephalopodWeek‬
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Like many cephalopods, bigfin reef squid use pigmented skin cells, called chromatophores, to change color and pattern. Specific patterns and colors are used by males and females during mating, to attract one another. Each female lays 1,000-6,000 eggs, which take approximately three weeks to incubate.

See bigfin reef squid and other sensational cephalopods in our special exhibition Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes: http://mbayaq.co/1gHlgk0
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Aquariums take a lot of work. We totally get it—you’re so inspired by movies like Finding Dory or a visit to an aquarium that now you want your own Dory or Nemo. Keeping a fish can help you learn...
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‪#‎TBT‬ to one of our all-time-favorite videos featuring the ink-credible giant Pacific octopus! ‪#‎CephalopodWeek‬
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Fintastic!
Pixar team studies marine life at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium to make sequel to blockbuster hit "Finding Nemo" believable
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Not the first time the aquarium has been involved with the movies..... That's pretty awesome!
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How squids may use ink to trick predators and prey (going ink-cognito, if you will) even in the darkness of the deep sea. ‪#CephalopodWeek
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Illuminating! Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) scientists use blue light to study fluorescence in deep-sea critters like this strawberry squid, spotted during an expedition last week. ‪#‎CephalopodWeek‬
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The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, the Aquarium is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day. For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org. Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules are also available on our website or by calling (831) 648-4888.
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Well-known aquarium on a rocky coastline with exhibits ranging from otter habitats to touch pools.- Google
"I love sea creatures a lot and this aquarium is one of the best I've visited!"
"Watch Southern Sea Otters resting, playing, and eating on the kelp beds."
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a week ago
Simply amazing. Favorites were the otters and the jellyfish/cuttlefish/squid display. The documentaries in the auditorium are very nice and let you see the research/science side of what you are looking at. Nice touch that they have real people narrate and answer questions. Staff was excellent throughout. Very courteous and incredibly knowledgeable on the creatures. Feeding times are great time to see the animals active and get some insights from the staff talks and question answering. Cafe was great. Favorite was the fish salad at the grill. Pizzas were high quality and a good kid-pleaser. Only negative is the admission is steep ($50 adults and $30 kids) but it looks like it is going to a great cause.
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Fantastic place and fantastic STAFF .And a massive thank you to Christine at the members door who helped us out and made the experience for my family amazing .Will never forget your kindness. Thank you again and greetings from Ireland where we still eat seaweed ,bathe ,rub the gel on sore skin and joints and then put it on the plants .Brilliant for lettuce growth!! 😃😃Would love to return !
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Vikki Jackson
2 months ago
I went to the aquarium today with family members. This trip was a gift from my daughter for my 65th birthday. First off I want to thank Carina, at the front of the building. I'm not sure what her job title is, but she was so cheerful and helpful. She went out of her way to help me and I greatly appreciated it. The only criticism i have of the aquarium is I would have found it helpful to have employees interspersed throughout answering questions and giving some insight. Otherwise it was a wonderful day. . Thank you Ms. Jackson
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Lucas G
a week ago
one of the best aquariums i've been to. great exhibits to increase kids' consciousness of the importance of preserving and protecting our oceans. A bit overpriced ($50 per adult) makes it hard for a large family to visit
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Stephen Frost
3 weeks ago
What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said. It's an amazing aquarium and the selection of exhibits here is second to none. The employees seem to really care about the environment and educating visitors as much as possible. The auditorium is home to some enjoyable movies and presentations and I've never left without learning quite a bit. If there was one complaint, it would have to be the cost. It's around $50 for adults and $30 for kids, so when you also throw in a meal or two in this tourist area, you're definitely talking a fair amount of money. But, you can't put price on education, right? A portion of the ticket fees also goes to help the aquarium's research and local efforts, so at least your money is going to a good cause. Regardless, if you're in the mood to be one with the ocean, then this is the place to visit.
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Adriana M
a week ago
The pros are the place is actually very nice and well kept with various different rooms and layouts for the animals. They had an aviary and a touch pond as well as a balcony outside to look at the animals (with binoculars to borrow for looking). Also, the food at the cafe was remarkably good...especially for an aquarium. It is sort of expensive but the quality was good. You could tell they didn't just pop the kid's pizzas in the microwave and charge you 12 bucks for them. I had a chicken and biscuits meal that was rather small for the price but, again, the quality was very good. I guess the only con is that it is quite expensive. It was about 33/ person, which was quite a lot for our large family.
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Jonas Zacher
2 months ago
I have seen aquariums that were a lot more spectacular. This place -and this is not communicated enough!- is for children. They have a wonderful time and can explore endlessly and a lot of effort has been put into educational stuff (well done). For adults who have been to Cape Town or Barcelona the Monterey Aquarium is a disappointment (if you consider that it costs $40 per person!).
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Meiyi Cheng
a month ago
AMAZING!!! What a mind blowing learning experience! They really worked hard to make sure you enjoy the visit. The exhibits are just gorgeous! I was enchanted by the ocean and all the beautiful creatures. Bike parking at the bus loading area. There's also a big locker box nearby. For $1 (4 quarters) you can store your stuff there. It easily fits my 40-L backpack and another 20-L backpack.