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: There will be no public octopus feeding on Monday, December 5 or Thursday, December 8 while the new octopus adjusts to its new home.

Olson, the giant Pacific octopus

It is time to say farewell to Olson the octopus!  Olson has been with us since the beginning of summer and delighted thousands of visitors over her stay in the Visitor Center.  We wish her well and are excited for our newest octopus to join the HMSC staff!

Visitor Center octopuses only spend a few months with us before being released to the ocean to grow large and reproduce.

Join us in the Visitor Center for Olson’s last public feeding this Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00pm.




Octopuses are short-lived, and we generally keep them for only a few months before returning them to the ocean, usually when they begin to show signs of senescence (old age). Because of that, we are always looking for live octopus donations from crabbers, fishermen, divers and others who inadvertently catch these curious animals when they climb into their traps or nets in search of food. Contact us if you have an octopus to donate.

Please note: The Octocam view is occasionally cloudy (due to maintenance on the HMSC's seawater systems, for instance) or dark, and we sometimes have to take the cameras down for repair or replacement. If you can't see a good image, please revisit us in a day or two. We may also darken the tank by covering it when the Center is closed to give the octopus time to rest.

View into the Tank (North Side)

Choppy video? Try pausing the other view.

View into Tank (South Side)

Special Events

This camera will be activated for octopus feedings and other events in our central exhibit area

Learn More by Visiting our OctoFAQ - Frequently asked questions about our octopus guest

Check out our previous octopus, Montgomery, enjoying some fun with a toy watering can during his quarantine with our Aquatic Animal Health Program. Filemontgomery-enrichment.mp4

Each new octopus spends a period of time in our behind-the-scenes animal husbandry lab making sure they are healthy and getting them acclimated to interacting with peopl before we introduce them to the public. That includes lots of enrichment activities designed to keep these intelligent animals from getting bored.

Visitor Julia Rask caught some great video footage of a 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: