Visit the Calvert Marine Museum in January and see the amazing octopus in the new River to Bay exhibit. Enter the “Name our Octopus” contest that begins on January 5 and runs through January 30. Drop your suggestion in the ballot box located in the Museum Store and be entered in a drawing to win an Octopus Prize Basket. The winner will be chosen by the octopus on Tuesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Children are invited to participate in the education programs featuring octopus fun and facts all month long. The Sea Squirts program for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited to join our free program on Tuesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 8, and on Wednesday, January 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Starting on Thursday, January 22, CMM members can enjoy free admission to the Little Minnows program for 3 – 5 year olds from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Don’t miss Octopus Day on Monday, January 19, a school holiday, and enjoy all things “octopus” from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hear octopus fact talks throughout the day, see a feeding, watch her interact with toys, make an octopus craft, play games and hear octopus stories. Free with museum admission.
The octopus is considered the smartest invertebrate in the world using their intellect and incredible eyesight to perceive their world in great detail. These creatures can change both colors and textures of their own bodies to disappear into the background even when in plain view. Watch for the octopus to change colors in the blink of an eye, or develop dimpled ridges across its mantle to mimic the coral heads around it. Learn other amazing things about this 8-armed creature on your visit.