Ink's Story (O. bimaculoides)

By Carol Sauer (corw314)

Editor's Note: Carol created this article for Jersey Pets Magazine (Editor: Lisa A. Kelley). Lisa's Website can be visited at The article is slated to be published in their Jan/Feb issue. Thanks to Jersey Pets Magazine for spreading the good news about cephalopods!


My fascination with Octopuses started about 25 years ago. At that time, not a lot was known as to their care. It was thought, as long as you had a saltwater tank, run by any kind of filter and sealed to prevent escape, they would do fine.After many attempts at housing these creatures, it got to be a family joke that I could not keep these captivating animals alive.

What kept my interest in these amazing creatures, were the many incredible abilities they possess. An octopus has the ability to change to whatever color object they may be near. They are masters at disguise. Their eyesight is equivalent to our own. They are extremely intelligent and have the ability to think things through. This has been documented in labs where an animal has crawled out of its tank, across a floor to the crab tank to dine and then returned to its own home. They also can alter their shape and have been known to squeeze through the tiniest of openings.

Many years after my first attempts at keeping them, I stumbled across a Website,, (The Octopus News Magazine Online) created for people who had the same obsession that I had. Much has been written on the appropriate care and needs of these animals. I decided it was time to attempt ownership again...
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About the Author
Salt and Freshwater hobbiest for over 25 years, with many years experience in the Pet Trade from petshops to shelters to rehabilitation of wildlife. Favorite activity besides watching the Octo at the moment and photography, is exploring with my daughter Jess!


Great story. Thanks
Just to help define the life span of a captive bimac:
I've caught and kept several local (Southern California) bimacs, the smallest was about the size of a silver dollar when it curled up. I kept it in a chilled tank at about 55-58 degrees (F), fed it sparingly (about 4 cc of thawed frozen scallop every 4-5 days), and used local filtered seawater for water changes. It lived two years before it laid eggs and died. The others all lived between a year and eighteen months, depending on how large (old) they were when I caught them. I suspect that they progress through their life span much faster at higher temperature and with more food. That's not science, but it was my experience, and would be an interesting hypothesis to test

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