These shy cephalopods have never been displayed in the United States before. To make it happen, our aquarists figured out how to rear these little ready-for-bedtime-squid from eggs to hatchlings and finally to adults able to lay viable eggs.
Luckily the Tentacles team has a lot ofexperienceraisingcephalopods. According to aquarist
Bret Grasse, they were able to unlock the mysteries of the pyjama squid
lifecycle with “the right combination of genders and some positive vibes. We
also provided a comfortable habitat and good egg-laying medium for them to
deposit eggs on.”
Look closely at the pyjama squid’s stripes and you’ll see that they’re
actually made up of tiny dots. These are chromatophores,
color organs made of nerves and muscles and tiny sacs of pigment that change
an animal’s coloring when they expand or contract. Our aquarists have seen
pyjama squid flashing their stripes when threatened or when they’re trying to
repel fellow pyjama squid from going after a tasty shrimp during feeding time.
“They try to look menacing by making dark stripes on their mantle, but this only
makes them look cuter in my opinion,” notes Bret.
Native to waters around Australia, pyjama squid can grow to about two
inches long. They like to burrow in the sand with only their eyes peeking out to
spot potential predators and prey. Nestled in the substrate with their jammie
stripes, they enjoy an all-day bedtime and emerge at night to hunt.
You can spot the striped pyjama squid in our Tentacles exhibition! Look
for these banded cuties across the way from the nautilus exhibit.
You can find Yurie hidden in the abandoned Byrgenwerth library on the lake in Bloodborne - unlike a lot of characters in Souls games, Yurie, outside of what can be inferred from her title as “Last Scholar” and her Choir outfit, is very ill-defned. There are none of the usual obliqe references to her you would expect to see, no background info, even her name isn’t surfaced explicitly ingame. For a lot of people, Yurie is just a final bulwark between them and Byrgenwerth’s greatest secret (and she does pose quite a challenge,even with assistance).
Inexplicably, i’ve almost cried over Yurie, alone, last scholar in the halls, holding up the stars by herself.
A juvenile two-spot octopus plays with pebbles in our Egg Lab
Have you checked out the Egg Lab in our Tentacles exhibition lately? That’s where you can spot cephalopod eggs and recent hatchlings.
Hatchlings like this itty bitty two-spot octopus! At just three-and-a-half-months old, it’s currently about the size of a walnut. Two-spots can grow to three feet.
A two-spot octopus, all grown up!
Two-spot octopuses are California natives, ranging from central California to northern Baja California. They’re named for the glowing blue eyespots on each side of their heads, which may trick predators and prey into thinking the blue marks are actual eyes. Can you spot the faint eyespots developing on the baby octopus?
You can visit the Egg Lab in our Tentacles exhibition–it’s just around the corner from the nautilus!