The Central Coast Aquarium would like to respond to a letter expressing concern for the well-being of our most recent procurement of two giant pacific octopuses, (“Free giant octopus,” Letters, Feb. 6).
As a fellow “ocean steward,” we appreciate and are inspired by your dedication to conserving our marine resources. The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. In line with our mission, the exhibits provide an opportunity to learn about the importance, protection and preservation of marine life.
The exhibits that display these majestic creatures have been inspected, researched and curated by a team of marine biologists as well as industry experts following the Association of Zoos and Aquariums standards for the giant pacific octopus. The average size of a giant pacific octopus is 16 feet, from mantel to tentacle tip, and weighs up to 139 pounds. The octopuses currently housed at the Central Coast Aquarium are much smaller, reaching around 3 feet long. These particular animals will be set for release once they reach the AZA standards.
We invite you to experience our educational exhibits and discover all the wonderful ways to get involved with our organization. Please discover more at http://www.centralcoastaquarium.com.