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[Octopus]: Mr. Ocho (O.Bimaculoides)

Apr 27, 2019
Sorry for the long delay!

Mr Ocho is doing great. He is very busy and active.

Some days more than others and some days he seems to exhibit more exploratory/escape behaviors than others. This seems to be a direct correlation to hunger and leaving to find food.

He switched his den again and has now taken up the coffee mug as his residence.


Yes, we have tried the 'crab in jar'
The first time it took days (we also fed him on the side) to open. The second it only took a few hours. It seemed the second time he knew what to do as he was latching onto the jar much differently.


His size has gotten much bigger.
I should probably say 'her' and 'Mrs' Ocho, as I am pretty sure it's a female. When she goes on the glass it's pretty easy to see the size of the legs, and the third leg to the right doesnt look much different or shorter than the rest.

Last week while putting my hand in the tank, the octo darted at me. I was nervous so I pulled back. :lol::lol: I ended up letting him touch my hand. Not what I expected! When he touches me it's like fly tape getting stuck on me! Ultra sticky!

Lastly, I fed him some shrimp on a stick yesterday and he didnt want to let go of the stick. He started walking around the glass pulling it and swimming with it. Problem is the stick is too long and sticks out of the tank. I ended up reaching in and breaking it off so he can have it. He took it to his den.


Here is a good pic of of the Ocelli

Def bimaculOIDES

Apr 27, 2019
Sorry for the lack of updates! To say things got a little nuts around the world since would be an understatement!

Mr. Ocho, despite living in "Westchester NY" the former Covid epicenter of the world, is doing just fine. And all of his "family" are also, fortunately, doing well.

He was a bit lonely during the shutdown here as our office was closed for three months, but he was fed, tank tended and kept happy.

He is still playful and joyful, although just this week he seems to be much more less wanting to move from his cup. It's possible Mr Ocho is actually Mrs Ocho as for the first time a barricade is being constructed in front of the cup. I havent seen any evidence yet of eggs, however, I do suspect that is what is taking place.

Mr. Ocho has grown tremendously, and likes to swim or walk around the tank and then squid shoot to the other side. He also likes to jet upwards and come parachuting down to the bottom of the tank.
Opening the lid is always an adventure as he loves to try and get his tentacles out of the tank. Peeling them off and trying to fling them back in is always a charm.... and still to this day, any feeding stick that he gets ahold of must be broken off and dropped into the tank as there is no way to get him off. We have seen him hold the stick and his ceramic mug and if we pull the entire mug starts to lift off the ground.

It's almost feeding time so let's see if he is up for eating or if this new day-2day trend of mug dwelling is more than just that.

Till next time!


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May 30, 2000
wow, great! Nice job caring for Mr. Ocho through all this - he looks great :thumbsup:
Apr 27, 2019
As suspected. Mr. Ocho has not come out to play or see what's going on. I assume she has brooded in the mug. She took a piece of scallop after barely reaching a few times but I'm not sure if she ate it, or just took it to collect or to make me go away. :-(
Apr 27, 2019
Still no movement from Mr Ocho.

Hes in his mug just retracted inside. When you go down to the glass by by him, he moves around in there, but doesn't come out. :-( sadly I presume the end isnt far off. Tomorrow is tank cleaning day, so we will see if he comes out to inspect the scraper as usual or if he stays inside during the whole thing. I suspect the latter.

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