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[Octopus]: Tatanka - O.briareus (tank hatched)

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Tatanka came out during early tank feeding (just before our supper time) so I grabbed the camera and set it up infront of the tank on a tripod then left for a second to retrieve something to wipe away some of the water marks on the tank. He did not like the three legged monster AT ALL and inked his way back into the LR. He continued to watch us through supper but only from the safety of his den. That makes two inkings today because of the camera (I accidently flashed Monty with a similar result this afternoon).
 

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Hmmm, interesting My guys never react to the flash, I use it all the time on them, I actually have never taken a pic without the flash. Every now an then I they flinch a little but that's it.
 

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I never took a picture of Tank during this event. I set up the camera and left the room to get a towel to wipe off some of the salt "grease" on the outer wall. It was the three legged creature that made him ink.

I did not use the tripod today :biggrin2: and did get a few shots of him capturing the feeding stick. We tried scallops (that I suspect may be fish) again today with the same, not eaten result as our last attempt. Tank, however, did want the feeding stick and was not about to release it.
 

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We have not seen much of Tank lately. He is only coming out at the 11:00 feeding and only enough to catch his food. He has also moved to the dark side of the tank vs the red light side where he has lived most of his life. I have not even seen him dancing on the glass early in the morning. He does eat daily but not quite half of what Cassy eats (she is much larger again now). When I cleaned his tank today, he did not appear even to defend an area which led to a failed 30 minute search to locate him. I was so concerned I started looking in the sump and on the floor (I can usually find him). Fortunately, he came out for supper so I am less concerned but don't know why he has become so reclusive.
 

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Tank is finally starting to show up with the aquarium lights on. Tonight I was able to take a couple of videos. The first one shows that he is still very timid but curious. He replayed this duck and cover act several times tonight but never was frightened enough to ink.




This one really shows why I believe this species does not hunt by sight and is extremely far sighted (we notice they can detect movement 15 or more feet away but can't seem to see anything that is not at least an arm's length away).
 

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Your observations about sight are interesting. When they hunt by covering a rock with their webbing, they really don't need to see.

My bimac was not farsighted, as far as I could tell. She was good at seeing things both near and far, at least within a few feet.

Tatanka is looking good!

Nancy
 

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Tank "played" with me for maybe 45 minutes last night and eventually tollerated a pinky stroke or three between the eyes (I think this area does not have much feeling). However, tonight he stayed behind the LR and grabbed his food without coming out when Neal fed him. I am hoping he will start being more social but I thought he was going to be the social one of the two and he has turned out to be very reclusive (so far :biggrin2:)
 
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So far is right, you never know what tomorrow holds. I found between the eyes has been a preferred petting spot. I will stay tunned, I am getting my fixes through you these days. I really miss having one in the house :sad:
 

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I wish I had more to report on Tatanka but we rarely see him. He seems to be doing well, is eating daily and looks healthy when we catch a glimpse but he has not socialized at all. I am surprised at this behavior since he seemed to be the one that was going to be the most social. He is so unlike his sister who comes out during our super time and seems to invite us to her tank. When we do see Tank out and about, he shows very little webbing where Cassy makes a point to display hers right down to the arm tip. Cassy is still shy but very curious and appears to want attention where Tank stays hidden. They are in the same room with their tanks at opposite ends. The tanks are styled differently but are very similar in content. Tatanka's tank has the lower wattage of the two tanks for daylight lighting. I did note tonight that all the octopuses we have kept in the location of Cassy's tank (two different octopus tanks have been set up there) have become interactive (except Maya who began brooding after 2 weeks).
 

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