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Aliens from inner space at Blue Reef

By G_Bartlett  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

Giant Pacific octopus on the move

Giant Pacific octopus on the move

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THEY’VE got blue blood, three hearts, can change shape, use jet-propulsion and have inspired myths and legends since the dawn of time.

The cephalopod family, literally ‘head foot’ in Greek, whose members include octopus, squid, nautilus and cuttlefish are truly ‘aliens from inner space‘.

In celebration of these amazing animals, Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a special Suckers event over the February half-term, Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23.

Celebrating the amazing world of the cephalopods – which include octopus, cuttlefish, squid and nautilus – visitors will be able to take part in a series of fun workshops, talks and feeding demonstrations.

Star of the show will be the aquarium’s giant Pacific octopus with a tentacle-span of more than two metres.

Giant Pacific octopuses are the world’s largest species and are found from Japan to Southern California. The biggest recorded specimen had an arm span of 10 metres (33ft) and weighed 270kgs (600lbs).

Despite being closely related to the garden slug, octopus are believed to be as intelligent as pet dogs and can solve complex puzzles.

Blue Reef will also be highlighting other members of the cephalopod family during the event, including cuttlefish and nautilus which are also on display at the aquarium

Blue Reef’s Steve Matchett said: “Cephalopods are really extraordinary animals and we are extremely lucky to have three such different species here on display.

“As well as our giant Pacific octopus, visitors will also be able to come face to face with our bizarre-looking cuttlefish and some real living fossils in the shape of our prehistoric nautilus.

“Nautilus are closely related to ammonites which are now extinct. Like snails, nautilus have an external shell which they fill with gas to control their buoyancy underwater,” he added.

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