- Jan 31, 2003
I volunteer at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in my spare time. I came in to work today and in the back where we keep our extra livestock were 3 fifty gallon trashcans with aireators in them and lids on top. I take a peak inside and guess what it was. Three octopus. They were pretty big vulgaris (around 5 inch mantles). I was sad to hear that they were not for us but to be shipped to the South Carolina Aquarium. I still got to mess with them a bit. I had to keep changing out the water to keep them cold (they came out of 54 degree water). I found out they were pulled out of fish traps used for catching black sea bass by commercial fisherman. I guess these guys were too big to find their way out. They weren't the only things brought back from the fish traps. We also got several species of starfish, urchins, decorator crabs and a moray. This was the closest I have been to working with octopuses and I fell even more in love with them. I can't wait till my tank finishes cycling!!!