Sebastian - O'NOTSUREWHAT......

corw314

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Still no sighting. I went collecting at our local beach on Sunday and caught 25 hermit crabs and a couple mud snails. They eat red algae! I am amazed at how much has been eaten since Sunday night. Still no sighting at all. I'm hoping that being most of the original hermits that arrived with him, have disappeared, that Sebastian is still with us. Hopefully at some point I will sight an eye or an arm. Still keeping:fingerscrossed:.....
 

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If his mantle was only 1/2 inch, it may be that he is very young and I have noted that it seems they need to be about 5 months old before they start to show themselves.

I am wondering if he is O.joubini. Reviewing your acclimation pictures and comparing them to Little Bit's, there is a lot of similarity (I particularly remember seeing the white arm stripes, initally making me think she was a different species). That would make him Caribbean and not Pacific (as far as I know) but Little Bit has quite a range of colors, including an all white with dark brown around the eyes that could easily be mistaken for a young O.briareus except for the very brown sucker trim that forms a distinct line along the arms. Then there is her a very orange red, deep brown and a mottling of all the colors. She is the most difficult octo I have kept to see out in the open. We decided about two weeks ago that she hit 5 months because almost over night she choose to den where we can see her most of the time. Prior to that she lived inside the rock and would not show more than eyeballs and arms (if anything at all). Little Bit eats very well so the missing crabs would parallel her appetite.
 

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Sebastian's mantle was very tiny, and he was packed in a very small plastic bag and had I found my purple critter pen, (which was located filled with crickets in sons bedroom closet....:roll:) I would have set him up in that so I could have monitored his progress more closely......... And.........I found crab remains......:smile::fingerscrossed:
 

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I added over 25 hermits a week or so ago and this morning can only count 7....and I spy another crab leg....:mrgreen: Ya know this really can be a potential "I Spy" book....My son did a flashlight search for almost an hour the other day.....I think I will do some internal cleaning of algae tonight to see if that entices him to show at least an eye....keeping :fingerscrossed:
 

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Still no sign of Sebastian. I added 40 more hermits a week or so ago, and see their population is dwindling down where I will need to go collecting again before we leave for Florida which is Thursday. I am hopeful he is still in there!
 

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Reporting in...Still no sign but the hermits keep disappearing. I'm tempted to let them dwindle down to see if that encourages Sebastian to make a showing. Doing a water-change on Sunday so I'm hoping I may have a sighting. I really have no clue other than every now and then I see crab remains. Not sure if this is the hermits just passing away, or if it's because they were eaten. I'm hoping it's because they were a meal. I keep seeing huge worms appearing and a few weeks ago, my son sent me a pic by phone that I thought was an octopus leg, but turned out to be a worm.:roll:
 

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I thought was an octopus leg, but turned out to be a worm.
I don't want to count the number of times THAT has happened :biggrin2:

You may be seeing crab shed in stead of octo emptied shells. Hopefully not the case but it has been a long time without any visual.
 

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Well....apparently Sebastian has been eating crabs as this morning at 6am....I have about 25 tiny baby freeswimming octopuses. Still attempting to get a clear photo of them as the little buggers will not sit for a pic! Very challenging subjects! I am again in awe! This is the first octopus that has chosen to be totally hidden from the get go. I have stalked the talk with a red light in the wee hours of the morn. The only clue I have had is the crab parts that I have seen but even then I was not sure if this was the crab shedding. I will be curious to see how big Sebastian grew as now that I see babies, I know the end is near.
 
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