[Octopus]: Baby Kraken!

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Sedna,
I meant to congratulate you for having such an interactive and fun little octopus.
Nancy
 

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I was looking at the videos of the baby last nite, and from what i could see, which admittedly i couldn't tell ( cataracts, can't wait to get the surgeries) what i was seeing! It was when the little stinker was trying to wrestle the stick from you that i could see how bitty the Octo- tot really is and how much fun
Yes! It really seems to enjoy tug-o-war with the skewer at feeding time!
 

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i’m so excited because this little one is finally becoming more comfortable with me. This morning I spied it as it was about to go into its den for the day, but when it noticed me it changed direction and slithered towards me-slowly skulking its way front and center! It was hunting pods while checking me out, which is why it seems to make jerky motions in this clip. This went on for a good 20 minutes or so, until the lights began to brighten up- as you can see the green star polyps are just starting to open. It’s taken about a month to get to this point, I think because tiny ones are a little more cautious. I love that at this young age the typical hunting coloration of dark red head with light bluish white arms is already apparent!
 

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Caught this little one out last night after dark. I was surprised that as I shined a flashlight on it, it actually came closer into the light and started really showing off for me! I was able to get this three minute video, which is more than I’ve seen him moving in plain sight in the month we’ve had it. Usually it goes for a hiding place to watch me from, but yesterday it seemed to have become more confident or curious- or both. I’m hoping that by watching the video over and over I might get a clue as to whether it’s male or female. Please feel free to submit your opinions! Notice at about 1:25 while it is using it webbing to hunt pads by rapping around the light rock, you can see some pods zooming around🤣
 

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Photo shoot! Got some amazing bonding time with my Baby Kraken last night! We made “First Contact,” the first time it touched me. I put my fingers in the tank and it gingerly approached. It shyly extended one arm, ever so lightly touched my finger- and then grab my entire hand and tried to play in the tank! 🤣. I am absolutely captivated by this baby!
 

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Baby Kraken (O.briareus) was hunting in his reef garden last night, and I caught some video using a flashlight. Watch how at 58 seconds in, its eyes are focused on me, but it’s arms find two hermit crab shells then discards them after realizing they are empty. As he moves away along the surface of the glass (1:48) notice that the tip of one of its arms is missing. That will grow back quickly on its own and will be fun for us all to observe! Notice it’s natural hunting coloration of dark red head and bluish white arms and webbing at the end of the video. Classic briareus!
 
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Photo shoot! Got some amazing bonding time with my Baby Kraken last night! We made “First Contact,” the first time it touched me. I put my fingers in the tank and it gingerly approached. It shyly extended one arm, ever so lightly touched my finger- and then grab my entire hand and tried to play in the tank! 🤣. I am absolutely captivated by this baby!
Sedna, this is amazing footage of your baby. How do you ever get any sleep? I think I would want to spend every waking hour watching every new behavior, and bonding with this incredible creature. You are so fortunate to have this experience, and thank you for sharing it.
 

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Sedna, this is amazing footage of your baby. How do you ever get any sleep? I think I would want to spend every waking hour watching every new behavior, and bonding with this incredible creature. You are so fortunate to have this experience, and thank you for sharing it.
I’m so glad you enjoy my octo-adventures! It is hard to go to bed some nights, and sometimes I do actually get distracted by the octopus and don’t get all my stuff done. I’m SO lucky to have gotten a healthy one so young, I’m hoping that we get a year together!
 

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More nighttime photos shot by the glow of a flashlight!
 

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