I am really excited for you. Your first octo is not something you will soon forget. Its so funny I looked and looked and looked for an octo but only found the kinds I couldnt keep lol. Now they are EVERYWHERE lol.
Thank you! We started talking about getting one last year. Then about July we started looking but couldn't find any! So we went for seahorses instead! Then about a month ago started looking again and yes, now they are everywhere!!! I was told by Joe (Seascape) that they are found mostly during the winter!!! So excited we got one!
He came out for a little again while I was on the phone in the kitchen! I can't wait for tonigh when we try and feed him Krill! Let's see how he does!!!!
Nevermind. He didn't get the crab! I thought he did since the shell was with him under the rock, but I pulled it out, and it's still in there! What if he won't touch the thawed Krill. Then what should we try?
LOL, the "deformed" arm with the "tail" is an injury and the tail is the new part of the arm growing back. It starts out looking like a string and then gets longer and wider. The first time I saw this, I thought the "string" was dead flesh and wondered if I should cut it off! I have kept a few others since then and you can expect to see roughly and inch a month of growth. This one is not a youngster and the timing is arbitrary but you should have fun watching it grow both longer and wider. Ultimately you will have a hard time seeing which arm it was.
The modified male arm is going to be the third arm on the right (clockwise as the eyes are positioned at 2:00 and 10:00). Sometimes it will be quite obvious it is curled but not 100% of the time. If this is the damaged arm, it is harder to determine as they will protect the new growth similarly.
For more hummelincki pictures and journals, visit Forums->Journals and Photos->List of our octopuses 20xx. The species and animal name are listed chronologicaly for each year. Lists from 2008 to 2010 include a link back to the journals on the species and name.