Meet Bev the Octopus

Beverley (or Bev for short) is a Giant Pacific Octopus whose home is in Octopus Hideout, a new area for 2017.

Believe it or not Bev is actually more closely related to a garden snail than to a human! Octopus are molluscs which means they are from the same phylum (or family) as Slugs and Snails as well as Cuttlefish and Squid. Octopus are one of the most intelligent invertebrate species (that means animals with no backbone) and are solitary creatures that hunt at dusk. They eat all manner of things from crabs to crayfish and even other molluscs.

Bev is an incredible creature and has three hearts, eight arms and a doughnut shaped brain! Two of her hearts pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third pumps blood through the body.

Having no bones means Bev can squeeze into the smallest of places - with a head the size of an adult's hand she’s even able to fit through a hole the size of a £1 coin! She sacan also change the colour of their skin to camouflage perfectly with their surroundings, helping them to sneak up on prey as well as hide from predators.

Bev is one of our most playful creatures and loves nothing more than playing tricks on her keepers! As a result of her intelligence and playful nature, Bev’s keepers schedule in regular ‘Octopus Playtime’ with her throughout the week to keep her engaged, including testing her abilities – she can even open a jar to get the food inside!

You can spot Bev in our new exhibit, Octopus Hideout.