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[Octopus]: New juvenile briareus

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It’s been a difficult couple of months, we have had a lot of serious family things going on and not much to get excited about. However, one bright spot in our lives has been receiving this new tiny briareus from KP Aquatics! It’s been here for just over two weeks, and he’s doing very well, so I am finally confident and starting this journal.

It’s still very crepuscular/nocturnal, I see it lurking about in the rocks until 10 AM or so and then not again until 8 PM or so. This little one is definitely hunting out all the native pods in the tank, and greedily accepts hermit crabs. It has so far yet to stick feed for me, but it’s so small that I have a hard time cutting a chunk of anything small enough for it! 🤣. I’m still not sure if it is a boy or a girl, so I don’t have a name yet each. However, as I am starting to see it out more often I am hoping that it has a friendly personality!
 

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Gratuitous photo dump
 

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Just thought about asking you about your new baby and thought I’d check here first :woot: so tiny and adorable!
 

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Just thought about asking you about your new baby and thought I’d check here first :woot: so tiny and adorable!
I’m a teeny bit superstitious about calling an octopus totally acclimated until it’s been living in a new system for two weeks. Then there’s that whole nocturnal thing to deal with- actually being able to catch them out when there’s enough light to take pictures. When they are just getting used to being in a new tank I don’t like to bombard them with a camera all the time. It’s hard to be patient! 🤣
 

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Alright- we’ll I’m fairly certain that this new friend is a female, and I’ve named her “Salia,” for my absolute FAVORITE Star Trek shape shifter. She’s settling right in- shows up on the glass right on time for Star Trek every night at around 8pm or so. She’s comfortable with my hand on the glass now, but I haven’t tried interacting with her yet.
 

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For some reason I thought I’d already dropped these photos- this week has been filled with redundant chores… Salia and I have made first contact- it went as it always does, she slowly crept forward, then away, then lunged for my fingers. After a bit of exploration of my hand, she did what the ALWAYS try- which is to pull my entire hand into one of her rock dens. 🤣. Always so cute how they’re clueless as to physical geometry!

In addition to making first contact, this week has brought her out onto the glass earlier in the evenings. She’s out around 5:30 lately- which is fun for these long days!
 

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Frustrated with Facebook and my efforts to help make a positive difference, so having TONMO and intelligent people to interact with and continue to learn from really helps lift my spirits!
 

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