Public Cephalopod Aquariums

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  1. SanClementeEric

    SanClementeEric Blue Ring Registered

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    Has anyone compiled a list of public Ceph tanks?

    For example, I know there are some Big Red Octos at the Morro Bay Aquarium in Morro Bay, CA.

    I'll try to dig up some pics I have from there.

    Can anyone else add to this list?
     
  2. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Great idea!

    Here are a few I've been to:

    MOTE in Sarasota, Florida
    Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach CA

    Is the Seattle Aquarium just called that? And what's the name of the one near the NRCC that Greg B works at?

    edit: there's also a small aquarium near or on Fisherman's Warf in San Fransisco that has a GPO, or at least did in 2000...
     
  3. Yurei

    Yurei Cuttlefish Registered

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    There's an octopus and 3 cuttlefish here at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla, CA.

    Not sure on the species. All I remember is that the cuttlefish were simple labeled Sepia. It wasn't dwarf.
     
  4. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    There's actually 3 octo tanks at the Birch Aquarium. 1 GPO, and 2 Bimacs. One of the Bimacs is kept outside in a "tidepool" display :goofysca:. The care taker told me she's only seen it out once, but it's very big for a Bimac.

    There is also a cuttle and GPO display at the Sea World in San Diego. Funnest GPO I've gotten to see.

    GPO and Sepia pharaonis at Dallas World Aquarium.
     
  5. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Bit far afield for you guys but the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium (Dunedin, NZ) has NZ Common Octopus (Pinnoctopus cordiformis) and Midget Octopus (Octopus warringa/huttoni complex) and what we call "cuttlefish" Actually a bobtail squid (Sepioloidea pacifica).


    J
     
  6. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Definitely a great idea. We should have a living document for this. A modification of the Tank Owner's Database would be good.

    I know currently there is an octopus in the Camden, NJ aquarium as well as at the Baltimore aquarium.
     
  7. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Ooh, can I play too? :heee: Aquaria with cephs that I saw this year...

    - Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town (cuttlefish and octopus)
    - Monterey Bay Aquarium (I think they had an octo?)
    - Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences (nautilus... maybe more if the new site is open now? Thales?)
    - Thales' Personal Home Aquarium (wunderpus and cuttles 8-) )
    - Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu (octopus)
    - Akvariet i Bergen, Norway (octopus... O. rubescens I think?)
    - Kelly Tarltons's Underwater World, Auckland, NZ (Octopus gibbsi, [dead] Architeuthis dux 8-))
    - the Auckland Museum also has a live octo on display most of the time
     
  8. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Not sure if there's a 'complex' there Jean. Is there something you're not telling us? Certainly the Fiordland specimens are larger than elsewhere, but the likelihood of their being an endemic in this region is exceedingly remote (and I'm not sure if there's a precedent).

    I looked at this years ago, and couldn't differentiate those from around NZ, and NZ from Australian specimens, referring all to O.huttoni (Benham); I'd love research (genetic) to be done on it; is this happening?
     
  9. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Most public (and large private) aquariums have some sort of ceph exhibit, usually an octopus. If there's only one octopus, most likely it's a GPO, at least in the U.S.

    Nancy
     
  10. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Oooops bit of presumption and a typing slip here! I have no idea if these are a complex or not! I was reading about the O. horridus complex and it just slipped into my ramblings! I'd love to look into the genetics too.....hmm could be postdoc in that! Any idea on how long the larvae are in the plankton? There is some evidence that larvae that have a short planktonic period do not leave the Fiords (I'm thinking of Kina here). So that could be interesting to look at these small octopus from different locations and look at their genetic relatedness.......ponder, ponder!

    J
     
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    shipposhack Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, UT has a GPO.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :grin:

    Steinhart only has nautilus right now, still at the 'temp' site (though we start moving stuff next month!). Sadly, there aren't any firm plans for any other cephs at the new site.
     
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    Atlanta aquarium both cuttles and GPO displays.
     
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    Melbourne Aquarium in Australia has a Maori Octopus, a Sand Octopus (who just laid eggs and won't be with us much longer) and some Giant Cuttles.
     
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    -The New England aquarium in Boston has cuttlefish and a giant octopus. Last time I was there they had nautitus, but they are not listed on the site.

    -The National Zoo in DC has cuttlefish(S. officinalis) and a giant octopus.
     
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    Riverbanks zoo in Columbia,SC Has at least one Octo (if not more, just remember one) and they have a nautilus tank.....
    The South Carolina Aquarium, in Charleston,SC Generally has a O. vulgaris on hand in a smaller exhibit
     
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    L8 2 RISE Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    The National Zoo in D.C. sometimes has cuttlefish, but they dont currently have any, the have a Giant Pacific Octopus, and they also have 3-5 nautilus on display and keep several more tucked out of site. (I live right next to the zoo so go there a lot and know some people that work in the invertibrate exhibit.)



    Actually Im not sure about the cuttlefish, Last time I went--3-4 weeks ago-- there weren't any on display, but they may have had some behind seens.
     
  18. Shadow Mantis

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    At the National Aquarium in Baltimore we currently have two chambered nautilus on display as well as our newest GPO, Miki. We did have two pharaoh cuttlefish on display for a brief period of time during the past spring/summer.
     
  19. gjbarord

    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    We have one Enteroctopus dofleini, three Nautilus pompilius, and usually four to six Sepia pharaonis or Sepia officinalis (but the exhibit is being overhauled right now) at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens.

    I visited the Georgia Aquarium in December and they had one E. dofleini.

    Greg
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Greg,
    I wish I had known you were here, we could have done a mini-TONMCON at the aquarium!
     

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