Got these pictures the other day when Salia was out on the early side- around 5:30. For a size reference, from the webbing of my pinky to the tip is 6.5cm. Elise and I blew the picture up life sized, and measured that extended arm at 9.5-10cm.
She’s not stick feeding yet, there’s so many ‘pods to hunt and she’s still a little shy of the feeding stick- so more contact on the glass is helping her get bolder. She grabbed the brush for a moment when I was cleaning yesterday, but quickly retreated. She’s like my smallest dachshund- braver when she’s on the other side of the glass!
Nothing new to report, we’re in the middle of summer activities, and I’m not taking lots of pictures right now. The bonding continues, though- lots of play through the glass. She’s still hunting pods and hermit crabs. I tried (very clumsily) to stick feed her again, but she was freaked out by my bumbling attempt. The food fell off of the stick, so she got it eventually- just not the way I’d hoped for that “enrichment session” to go down!
So, it’s my 14 year anniversary of keeping octopuses, and I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without TONMO, Tony Morelli and our amazing community. I’m so thankful for you all, and the enduring friendships I’ve made here- even my daughters have been and continue to be nurtured by TONMO family! This is what I posted on Facebook:
It’s my 14 year anniversary of keeping octopuses! In 2008 I found an O. aculeatus at my LFS. I’d been keeping since 1982 (26 years) and had always wanted to keep an octopus, but I wouldn’t try it without a wealth of information and support. Thankfully I found TONMO.com, and I’ve been constantly amazed ever since. In the last 14 years, I’ve gotten experience with several species of octopuses, they are constantly challenging my aquarist and photography skills- as my public journals on TONMO can attest to!
As “Sedna” on TONMO, the knowledge and experience I gained there led me to be interviewed for both a BBC documentary, “Octopus in My House,” and for Hakai Magazine article, “Can We Make Friends With an Octopus?” My experiences have led me to several “octopus friends” on Facebook, especially as a moderator for “OctoNation” and “The Suckers-Octopus Owner’s Group.”
At the moment, I have a gorgeous young O.briareus in a tank that’s been running for 22 years (older than my kid! ), and I can’t imagine ever not living with an octopus!
Super happy today because I finally got Salia to stick feed! She’s now big enough that I can cut a chunk small enough for her to eat but that’s big enough to fit on the stick! . She took a tiny piece of wild caught “Gulf shrimp,” and was pretty greedy about it- which I like to see!
I’ve been lazy about posting, but all is well- and I’ve finally gotten some videos! Here’s one…
Salia, the juvenile O.briareus stalks and captures hermit crabs in her reef garden. With no violence or gore, she swiftly descends upon the unknowing crabs and envelopes them in the dense webbing between her arms. She then retreats to her den, where she will quietly enjoy her dinner! For LL