I just wanted to post a picture of Beldar, who was put to good use for a phylum lab for elementary school students at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. D decided to donate her octopus to me so I could have her used for educational purposes.
Thank you for the photo. I wish she had been in better condition but so far the lighter skinned nocturnal octos seem to deteriorate faster than the diurnals. The hummelinckis have all retained their skin and basic shape much better than the briareus and Bel and I don't think it is a matter of the time of death to the time to preservation. It may be that they just live longer in poorer condition.