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small boy looking at a fish in a large aquarium
Its Anti-Boredom Month this July, and in celebration of that we've decided to turn the focus on a favorite local attraction! Right nearby 100 Memorial Drive here in Cambridge, MA, you can find a beloved tradition in many of our residents summers. The New England Aquarium is a fantastic facility and a global leader in marine conservation and ocean exploration. Founded in 1969, its been a staple of the community since. With over 1.3 million visitors a year, it's become a major public education resource in our state. So in celebration of Anti-Boredom, we invite you to check out this aquatic hub to see some local and foreign marine life on display!

Featured right now are the exhibits focusing on Tentacles! They have a brand new octopus on display, with cuttlefish, sea jellies, and other multi-limbed creatures ready to see. Heres just four of their featured creatures below:

Giant Pacific Octopus Octopuses are intelligent, can change color and have excellent eyesight. They are also very strong. Using their eight arms, large giant Pacific octopuses can move more than 700 pounds.* Common Cuttlefish Often mistaken for a squid, the cuttlefish possesses a cuttlebone that's unique among cephalopods. It uses this chambered feature for buoyancy control. When hunting, it uncurls its eight arms and shoots out two long, sucker-laden feeding tentacles to snatch prey.* Chambered Nautilus Its called a chambered nautilus because it's born with four internally-connected chambers that it adds to as it grows. Over its lifespan, a nautilus can develop 30 or more chambers, all spun in a perfect logarithmic spiral.* Pacific Sea Nettle Sea nettles have about two dozen tentacles around their bell. Each is covered in spring-loaded stinging darts used to paralyze prey. Don't worry, humans, the sea nettles sting generally isn't harmful to people.*

You can read more about Tentacles Take Hold on their official website! Have you been to the aquarium before? Share with us your experiences in the comments below.

*Exhibit descriptions courtesy of New England Aquariums website.