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Dubai Mall unveils giant octopus attraction

Latest addition to be added to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Mall unveils giant octopus attraction

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has unveiled its latest attraction, a Giant Pacific Octopus, just weeks after a five metres long, 750kg crocodile and its mate took up resident in The Dubai Mall aquarium.

Giant Pacific Octopuses (Enteroctopus dofleini) are found in the North Pacific Ocean and is the largest species among Octopus, reaching 4.3 metres in height and weighing more than 70kg.

The Giant Pacific Octopus has almost no bones allowing it to slip into very tight crevices to reach for food or hide from predators. Its head contains all vital organs including three hearts, while the rest of the body essentially constitutes eight arms.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, managed by Emaar Retail LLC, is located on Level 2 above the main aquarium tank and features an array of marine attractions, including Humboldt Penguins, Caiman Crocodiles, Piranhas, Giant Spider Crabs, Small Claw Otters, Sea Jellies and Clown fish.

In June, the aquarium unveiled King Croc, one of the world’s largest reptiles.

King Croc and his female companion of 20 years now reside in a special enclosure at Underwater Zoo that replicates their natural habitat.

At over five metres long and weighing 750kg plus, equivalent to the weight of over 15 fully-grown men, King Croc is 40 years old and has the potential to grow even bigger in the next 50 years of his expected lifespan.

King Croc arrived in Dubai from a crocodile farm in Australia, where he has been residing since 1996.


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