National Aquarium Celebrates Cephalopod Awareness Week


In honor of the world’s cephalopods and Cephalopod Awareness Week, the National Aquarium will feature a variety of programming from Oct. 5-12.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Jay Bradley, curator of fishes, will host an hour-long Facebook Q&A beginning at 2 p.m. The public is invited to participate and ask questions via the National Aquarium’s Facebook page.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Aquarist Katie Webster will host a live Periscope encounter with Cordelia, the National Aquarium’s very own giant Pacific octopus. Beginning at 10 a.m., Webster will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes encounter with Cordelia, demonstrate some of the Aquarium’s enrichment exercises and answer questions live from the audience.

Thursday, Oct. 8 is World Octopus Day! To celebrate, National Aquarium staff will give a special "Making Connections" talk on the giant pacific octopus in front of the octopus exhibit at 2p.m.

Cephalopods are members of molluscan class and are exclusively marine mammals classified by bilateral symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms or tentacles. The National Aquarium is home to a variety of cephalopods including an octopus, squid and scuttlefish.