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Giant Pacific Octopus

Upon leaving our first botanical house you’ll step into our Harbourside area home to our famous Giant Pacific Octopus, Elsa.

The Giant Pacific Octopus is one of the largest Octopus species in the world and can reach over 5 metres in length. Each arm (not tentacle!) has a double row of suckers used to catch prey and explore their environment.

One of the cleverest members of the Cephalopod family, the Giant Pacific Octopus has been filmed in other aquariums sneaking out of displays on midnight raids to other tanks!

The Giant Pacific Octopus can also solve complex tasks and puzzles and you can enjoy watching a talk and feed here too.

The Harbourside area also allows visitors a birds eye view of our giant 350,000 litre Native tank where you can also see shoaling fish and our deadly wolfish.

Talk and Feed

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 2:30pm
Arrive in good time for one of our most popular feeds and talks. Will you be lucky enough to witness Elsa dart across the tank to enjoy crab for lunch?

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