In June, Tentacles will descend on the Texas State Aquarium to provide guests with an up close look at some of the most fascinating and mesmerizing creature in our seas. The new exhibit will incorporate jellyfish species, as well as cephalopods, such as octopus and cuttlefish species.

Tentacles will also include a jellyfish touch tank, which will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to interact experientially with these beautiful creatures. All of our interactive touch tanks are staffed with educators and interpreters, giving visitors of all ages a unique experience of safely touching and holding animals while learning more about them and their importance.

Additionally, Tentacles will include a nursery, which will allow visitors to watch the birth and growth cycles of egg casings and juvenile cephalopods and jellies. In addition to teaching visitors about the lifecycle of these creatures, the nursery is also a vehicle to convey the importance of sustainability, because this nursery allows us to maintain our own sustainable population.

Because the mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation, the Tentacles exhibit aims to highlight these in a species in a way that will start a conversation about an important environmental issue: marine debris. Debris such as plastic bags, bottles and monofilament looks similar to jellies, a major component of several sea turtle species’ diets. Eating these items can have a devastating impact on the health of sea turtles and many other ocean creatures.

Tentacles will feature the following species:

Giant Pacific Octopus Blubber Jellies
Atlantic and Pacific Sea Nettles Cannonball Jellies
Moon Jellies Chamber Nautilus
Flamboyant Cuttlefish Upside-down Jellies

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