If you've ever screamed "Show yourself!" at the shy, elusive octopus that hangs out in the dark recesses of his tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this new exhibit is for you.
"Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes," opening Saturday to the public, will reveal these strange, squishy animals that normally don't want to be seen.
The aquarium worked with scientists all over the world to put together the $3.5 million special exhibit. As the largest and most diverse living display of these captivating cephalopods, the exhibit includes up to two dozen species ranging from the world's smallest squid to one of the world's largest cuttlefishes.
Some of the creatures are being raised and exhibited for the first time, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute may collect and contribute a deep sea squid or octopus from time to time.
Also featured: historical artwork; original, moving sculptures by San Francisco Bay Area artist Nemo Gould; and a "ceph yourself" station where you can paint your face in the same patterns that cephalopods use for camouflage.
The exhibit will continue through Labor Day 2016. Cost of admission ranges from $24.95 to $39.95.
More information: www.montereybayaquarium.org