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Bret Grasse has over 10 years’ experience in the public aquarium industry. Most notably, Bret served as Senior Aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 8 years. During his tenure at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Bret created and supervised the world’s first ever large scale cephalopod show, called Tentacles. As part of this exhibition, Bret maintained a diverse collection of cephalopods including 25 species of octopus, 15 species of squid, 10 species of cuttlefish, and nautilus. Bret cultured several of these species through multiple successive generations in aquaria, some for the first time ever. Part of this pioneer work also incorporated the display of several deep-sea cephalopods including vampire squid, glass squid, and flapjack octopus among others.
In 2017, Bret accepted a job as a Manager of Cephalopod Operations at the internationally renowned Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Here he will continue his work with cephalopods in a world-class laboratory setting. The primary goal of this mission is to develop sustainable cultures of multiple cephalopod species and work with MBL scientists and educators to promote the use of these animals for research, education, and the conservation of our oceans.