n There are around 300 recognized octopus species
Some of the marine world’s most intelligent creatures are set to take centre stage at Scarborough Sea Life centre this year.
The attraction has announced a new £200,000 feature exhibition Octopus Garden starring half-a-dozen different species of octopus and their cuttlefish cousins.
Pride of place will be given to perhaps the brainiest of them all … the Giant Pacific Octopus, which weighs in at more than 33lbs and has an arm-span of more than 12 feet.
“We will also have a common octopus, however, like Paul the psychic octopus from Oberhausen Sea Life in Germany who achieved global fame with his eight straight correct World Cup predictions,” said manager Mike Salt.
Octopus Garden will also house the jet-propelled, gas-fuelled prehistoric cephalopods ‘nautilus’ which are essentially an octopus inside a spiral shell.
“They lend whole new meaning to the term wind power, as they use their own bodily gases to move up or down in the water column,” said Mike.
The incredible cuttlefish which can change colour to give itself the perfect camouflage against any background will be another in the line up.
The specially designed display tanks which will house these and other species will be situated in an eerie underwater garden setting, with colours and weird shapes reminiscent of the psychedelic 60s.
“There will also be giant puzzles for visitors to test their own wits against the renowned intellect of the octopus,” said Mike
“This is going to be our most amazing feature exhibition yet.”
The Sea Life Centre in North Bay is already home to seals, otters and penquins.