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thanks for your kind comments all, yes Earle is handsome, but I have to say for his spp he's still pretty small! he could get to as much as twice that size! Then we have heaps of fun keeping them fed!!!
Indeed, RIP. Been there recently myself. Not good.
..... I don't suppose you have any octopus eggs down there do you Jean? I've a new chappy starting up here (Felipe) on his Masters, and he'll be rearing P. cordiformis, O. gibbsi and O. huttoni, egg to adult hopefully. It would be nice to compare development of P. cordiformis [or O. huttoni] from both ends of NZ (I can get them up this way, through scallop boats or SCUBA). Another onliner (Jason ... I'll not let on his alias) is rearing Sepioteuthis, but I'd like him to have a look-see at Sepioloidea also (your large new species, and S. 'pacifica'). If you do hear of any eggs of these things being collected I can quick-pronto organise them being sent up ... or someone coming down. I could throw a few $$ at a diver to collect some.
Hope all else is most positively marvelously fantastically wonderfully good.