What’s new at the Aquarium? Octopus eggs, salmon eggs, tropical coral that doesn’t need light to survive, and super-colorful fish!
Last week, one of our female giant Pacific octopuses, Delilah, began laying eggs. Although this behavior isn’t normally seen until an octopus has displayed other signs of senescence (the final stage of its life, frequently accompanied by reduced appetite and increased activity), it can occur and has happened previously with other octopuses in our care. Delilah was released under our pier to go forth and multiply. We plan to add another octopus to the exhibit soon—stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can come see Eddy “stretch his legs” in the exhibit! Want to learn more about giant Pacific octopuses? Read our octopus fact sheet.
Speaking of eggs, we’ve added 500 chinook salmon eggs to the display trough in our salmon hatchery. Come see them before they hatch and become alevins! What’s an alevin, you ask? Read our salmon fact sheet (and check out the infographic) to find out.
Last but not least (for now), we’ve got some great new non-photosynthetic corals in our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. As their name implies, these corals don’t require light to survive, similar to corals found in Puget Sound. Our coral fact sheet has great info about these animals (did you know they’re animals?) in our local waters as well as warmer locations. Come see them—and check out the beautiful deep-water fish, like the decorated dartfish and pink flasher wrasse, as well!