Maori Octopus Enrichment

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Hi everyone!!

I have started doing some enrichment with the Maori Octopus here at Melbourne Aquarium in Australia and I have some pretty cool pics and videos that I thought you might be interested in.

The first one I tried was a colourful parrot toy I got off ebay and stuffed with squid (leaving some squid tentacles hanging out of the ball). He took the ball along his tentacles to his mouth, then he enveloped with his arms just like in this video....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX1r8DUFv5A

After that he sat on the rock with the ball under his mouth, you can see it in the photo as a very cute bulge! He got the squid out, but didn't eat it.

Suze
 

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After that I thought he let go of the ball, so I went to pick it up out of the water, but it was still attached to two of his suckers, he didn't want to let it go!
 

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Thanks for the pics, it looks like fun. Is squid normally part of his diet?
 
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More enrichment!!!

This time I gave him an empty plastic vegemite jar (well, he is an aussie octopus!) with holes in it and a piece of yummy oily pilchard inside. See first photo for the jar with lovely fish juice dripping on my hand...

He took the jar and wrestled with it at the surface for a few minutes. He also hung onto his colourful ball with a few suckers while this was happening. See next two photos for this...

as well as this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuXDYMYKRLU

The last photo shows him sinking to the bottom, holding the ball with a few suckers, and with the jar hidden somewhere in his web of arms near his mouth.

This video will also show him sinking with the jar and the ball....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ3vR508ae0
 

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And here he is holding the vegemite jar, you can see the yellow lid. He spent a whole hour trying to get it open! He wasn't successful :indiffer: But next time I will try and ease him into it gently, and am going to give him the jar without a lid a few times, and then place the lid on without screwing it, and then gradually screw the lid tighter...


In answer to your question:
Our Curator said he likes squid, pilchards and whiting, so I am feedin those to him at the moment. I am going to start using some live food soon, possibly soldier crabs.
 

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I'm an Education Officer at the aquarium at the moment and have been 'playing' with the octopus before my shifts. I am trying to become an Aquarist/Keeper.... it will happen eventually!
I am hoping to turn the enrichment into a study, but at the moment I have been getting too excited and forgetting to record exact times and observations. I'll make up some data sheets to keep me on track!

I'll keep you posted with new photos and videos.

Any suggestions and feedback would be welcomed!
 

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