Cephalopods Find Home Under the Sea in an Octopus' GardenSEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium Welcomes Creatures to new Exhibit
CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 20, 2011) – Today SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium’s newest residents were introduced to “Octopus Garden,” an interactive exhibit opening on Friday.
“It’s an exciting time for us here at SEA LIFE as the creatures move into their new homes,” Bob Burhans, Curator for SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium. “Cephalopod’s cryptic nature, intelligence and curiosity make them some of the most amazing creatures on Earth and guests visiting Octopus Garden will be able to marvel at these unique animals in this fantastically themed environment unlike any other Aquarium.”
With five new display tanks, the new Octopus Garden exhibit will feature a 65 pound Giant Pacific Octopus; a Common Octopus and Zebra Octopus, both with 10 inch arm spans; seven Pharaoh Cuttlefish and five Chambered Nautilus.
The new interactive exhibit introduces families to the amazing world of cephalopods. From octopus and cuttlefish to nautilus, these distinctive creatures have almost supernatural abilities including camouflage, ink clouds and jet propulsion. Octopus Garden includes hands-on activities, such as: an interactive cephalopod floor projection that reacts when kids move over the floor area; a hide-and-seek octopus game; an octopus memory quiz; an octopus maze activity; plus two new educational presentations at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
More than a standard Aquarium, SEA LIFE provides an educational and interactive dynamic unlike any other. The SEA LIFE experience incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean, presenting the wonders of the underwater world to them in a way specially designed for their understanding. Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is designed to be a child’s guide to the life of the sea.
SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $13 for kids 3 to 12. For more information on SEA LIFE, visit www.sealifeus.com.
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