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Saw an amazing Octopus at the aquarium!!!

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Hey, iv been at these forums for a while now...but thought i'd come back real quick to post this up. I just went to the aquarium today. I live in New Jersey and we went to the New Jersey State Aquarium located in Camden. Its not the best aquarium in the world, but it has enough site seeing. Iv been to that aquarium like...4 times previous before, and before...they didn't keep any octopuses much. The last time I saw a real one in person at that aquarium, was when I was younger and they kept a very, very small one. However, it was hidden in the rocks and barely came out. This was a new experience and I was thrilled...

Since im obsessed with cephalopods and mostly Octopus themselves, I managed toi finally see one there located in a somewhat big tank against the wall with fake plastic coral designs around the tank glass. As soon as I layed my eyes across the room, I saw loads and loads of people all cuddled around the tank flashing imnages left and right...and I took a peek at what they were looking at, and it was a very large Octopus glued to the tanks glass with its sucker discs attached to it. It wasn incredible to watch. I stayed there for about 15 minutes straight just watching it all day. I took about 6 photo's of it and I hope yo scan them in soon. Im not sure what species of Octopus it was, but it looked like an O. Vulgaris to me. It's tentacles were about 2 and half to 3 feet long stretched out with nice big webbing between its arms...and a mantle that was about 10 inches long. The mantle and eyes were spiked and had texture on it because it was surrounded by rocks and it had a blended shade. It stayed the color red the whole time and as it got closer to us, it flashed lighter red because it was lighter in its area. The whole time it stayed glued to the glass with its mouth facing us most of the time...and it would rise upwards till we couldn't see it much, and then it would fall downwards again and glue to the glass. Sometimes it would let loose and we would get to look at it with its tentacles lowered and the mantle and eyes visible. It was so cute and it just stared at us the whole time.

The tank had about 4 starfishes at the bottom. The octopus...despite its size, didn
t have a whole LOT of room to crawl around. It was a very big one and I loved it so much. The walls behind the octopus were covered with grayish and brownish rocks. The tank was mostly dark, and the octopus was red. It looked soo healthy and so social. I couldn't believe how un-shy it was towards everyone. Very curious octopus. Many of the people were very thrilled also and never knew that an octopus looked the way it did. They made some interesting and very un-educated comments, but what can I say? lol. I helped all of them out and explained a lot of questions and points. I could tell that it was a female Octopus as well since it did not have any sucker discs overly larger than the rest. It was great experience to actually see one again in real life. There absoluetly beautiful animals and very incredible to watch in the water. I'll be scanning in some images as soon as I can :smile:
 
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Here's some photos of that octopus at the aquarium that I took! Tell me what you guys think of it...





 

erich orser

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That actually looks like GPO87's namesake there - the giant Pacific octopus! They've been turning-up in aquariums nationally more and more over the last decade or so, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if Camden got one too. It certainly looks too big to be o. vulgaris! Great pics, Armstrong!
 

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Looks like it is quite a beast :smile: Nowhere local to me has a GPO...
 

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Colin said:
Looks like it is quite a beast :smile: Nowhere local to me has a GPO...

Probably so, but we North Americans have to do something to compensate for our cuttlefish envy! You lucky devils!
 

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erich orser said:
Probably so, but we North Americans have to do something to compensate for our cuttlefish envy! You lucky devils!

Yeah compensation.... hmmmm.... need to get my own GPO :wink:
 

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