I understand that some species will bite, but for the majority...there beaks are never there main weapons in defense or when approaching someone like a human, lol. In many, many cephalopod books...Octopuses have always remained very gentle, and curious/shy animals. Marine Biologists have even stuck there finger towards its mouth, and still no bite. Squids and Cuttlefish have more of an advantage to bite because their beaks aren't hidden beneath a large ring of skin like the Octopus, and they aren't surrounded by it's tentacles, their beaks are more open and seen. I just don't want new Octo-learners or keepers to be afraid of touching one, cuz for the most part...they never ever bite you. And even if they do, there not poisonous...completely harmless. Their poison (nerve venom) only effects certain animals in the ocean or ect...to paralyze them. There poison is too weak to penetrate our skin so never worry. 100% fine to touch...as long as your hands are clean and not full of bacteria. I LOVE touching Octopuses, they feel sooo relaxing and great to touch. Very exotic and unique. I enjoy watching and feeling larger Octopuses than smaller onces cuz larger ones are more experienced as they have lived longer and its very interesting to interact with older Octopuses.