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An octet of octopus “Did you knows?”

1. You may have heard that octopuses are colorblind because they only have one kind of photoreceptor in their eyes. But did you know that recent studies may be able to explain how cephalopods could still perceive color due to more »

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Holiday special: animal families part 3

The latest installment in our series of blog posts about animal families—click to read our first and second posts! Family: Hexagrammidae Species: Kelp greenling, painted greenling, lingcod, rock greenling Characteristics: This family of fish is found only in the north more »

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Holiday special: animal families part 2

In part two of our animal families holiday special, we are reminded that families—especially taxonomic families—come in all shapes and sizes. Fitting right between order and genus in zoology, the family is a special designation that ends with “–idae.” Family more »

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Holiday special: animal families part 1

People often spend time with family during the holidays, so we thought we would take a look at some animal families—as in the scientific classification, not in the generational way like the sea otter family at the Seattle Aquarium. (Did more »

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And the results are in! 2016 octopus census

Last month, during our annual octopus census, Aquarium staff and divers from around Puget Sound counted 41 giant Pacific octopuses (GPOs) at 13 locations. Below is a Q&A with Senior Aquarist Kathryn Kegel about the results. Q: The Seattle Aquarium more »

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