Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has unveiled yet another surprise! Just weeks after the arrival of King Croc the zoo has welcomed a new addition – a Giant Pacific Octopus.
Last month, the zoo revealed the five-metre long, 750kg crocodile and its female friend. Now, they’ve got more attractions for Dubai Mall visitors!
The Giant Pacific Octopus is the largest of its species, measuring 4.3 metres long and weighing more than 70kg. It has almost no bones at all, which makes it easy for it to slip and squeeze into tight spaces to avoid predators and to search for food. All of its vital organs – including 3 hearts – are contained within its head. The rest of its body is made up of its eight tentacles, each with two rows of suckers.
The octopus is found in the North Pacific Ocean – it has excellent eye-sight and can even taste with its tentacles! They are considerably intelligent and can work out puzzles and find routes out of a maze after only a few tries.
The Octopus’s neighbor, King Croc, has come all the way from Australia, where it has lived since 1996. The 40-year-old King Croc is one of the world’s largest reptiles. It measures over five metres in length and weighting over 750kg – more than the weight of 15 men! It is expected to live for another 50 years, and can continue to grow until then.
INFO: Dubai Aquarium tunnel and Underwater Zoo, Dhs70 for adults, Dhs55 for children (3-12 years), 10am-10pm Sun-Wed, 10am-12am Thu-Sat, Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Rd. http://www.thedubaiaquarium.com/