Like other members of the octopus family, they use special pigment cells in their skin to change colors and textures, and can blend in with intricately patterned corals, plants, and rocks.
The three-hearted Giant Pacific Octopus can be found in rocky areas in the cold waters along coastal areas of the Ring of Fire.
Highly intelligent creatures, they grow bigger and live longer than any other octopus species.
The Moon Jellyfish can be found in the coastal Pacific seas all around the Ring of Fire.
While they have four feeding tentacles, tens of thousands of stinging cells and five stomachs, they have no bones, nervous system, brain or muscles, are 97% water, and nobody knows how they move!
The hundreds of Moon Jellyfish in the Ring of Fire exhibit will be born and raised at the aquarium by our animal care experts!
The Japanese Spider Crab makes its home in the cold deep waters of the Ring of Fire near Southern Japan and Taiwan.
The largest member of the crab family, they can live up to 100 years and reach sizes up to 12 feet claw to claw.
Their armored exoskeleton and camouflaged body helps protect them from predators and they shed and renew it as they grow.
Newport Aquarium announced today, Ring of Fire, an all-new immersive exhibit will open this spring. The exhibit will highlight the mysterious creatures that make their home along The Ring of Fire where towering volcanoes and deep ocean trenches line the Pacific Ocean rim.
Guests will explore the new space filled with some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean, the Giant Pacific Octopus, Moon Jellyfish and Japanese Spider Crabs. They will discover their amazing shape-shifting, color-changing, exoskeleton-shedding behaviors that all take place in this constantly changing ecosystem, where fire meets water.
“The ecology and the biology around the Ring of Fire is one of the most intriguing elements of the oceans,” said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium Executive Director. “It’s fascinating how awesome Mother Nature and the ocean are to have animals that thrive in that turbulent environment.”
The new exhibit will be unlike any that has come before, complete with unique light and sound effects. Inspired by the volcanoes and earthquakes that define the Ring of Fire, guests will experience a periodic display of glowing light and rumbling sound. The fun show element is a reminder for guests of the churning seismic activity that created the rippling sea floor, caves and other rock formations where amazing creatures like the Giant Pacific Octopus live.
Ring of Fire will feature three zones within the space where guests can explore each specific species:
Giant Pacific Octopus: After witnessing the unusual characteristics of the Giant Pacific Octopus, like their ability to camouflage and change shape, guests will get to explore the Octopus Den. An arched rock portal invites guests into this cave-like new space never before accessible to the public. There, they will learn more about this highly intelligent species through videos and interactives.
Moon Jellyfish: An all-new custom built display of Moon Jellyfish will showcase hundreds of the animals as they float and flutter. The picture window display starts just inches off the ground so both little kids and grownups can take in the mesmerizing view.
Japanese Spider Crabs: The spider crabs will be featured in a cylindrical tank where guests can watch them explore their surroundings with a 360-degree view. Wall graphics showing the full size of the species will serve as a fun photo op next to a man-size crab as they can reach up to 12 feet claw to claw in the wild.