Visitors love to watch our animals get their dinner. The tank around our Giant Pacific octopus draws crowds at feeding time - but it only happens on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1 pm. You can also watch the feeding and hear the presentation via our live, streaming OctoCam below!
NOTE: When new octopuses are in quarantine, we do not conduct public feedings. Occasionally one of our animals needs a break from the crowds and gets sent to the animal husbandry wing for a rest. When that we may add one of our other larger animals, such as the wolf eel, to the tank for visitors to enjoy.
The current giant Pacific octopus on display is named "Patriot." He was generously donated by local fisherman Mike Pettis.
We generally keep our octopuses for only a matter of months before we release them back into the wild, usually when they begin to show signs of senescence. View a list of our previous octopuses.
Please note: The Octocams are occasionally taken down for maintenance and repairs. If you find the video unavailable, please try again later.
Inside the Tank
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Outside Looking In
Learn More by Visiting our OctoFAQ - Frequently asked questions about our octopus guest
Visitor Julia Rask caught some great video footage of our previous octopus, Ursula, cleaning her suckers during a November 2011 visit. If you look closely, you can see the infertile eggs she had laid hanging from the tank's front wall:
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