Tentacles has descended upon the Texas State Aquarium to provide guests with an up close look at some of the most fascinating and mesmerizing creatures in our seas! Presented by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; the new exhibit incorporates jellyfish species, as well as cephalopods, such as octopus and cuttlefish species.

Tentacles includes a jellyfish touch area, providing 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 includes a nursery, which allows visitors to watch the birth and growth cycles of egg casings and juvenile cephalopods and jellies. In addition to teaching visitors about the life cycle 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.

Species featured:

Atlantic Sea Nettles Blubber Jellyfish
Cannonball Jellyfish Giant Pacific Octopus
Lagoon Jellyfish Pacific Sea Nettles
Pharoh Cuttlefish