“Giant Florida Octopus?”

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Has anyone ever heard of a “Giant Florida Octopus?” My LFS ship just unboxed one that was suppose to go to a zoo but I’ve only ever heard or know of one and that would be the Giant Pacific. This one is pretty big for a warm water octopus. I’ve never seen one like it and to scale it’s bigger than our male Caribbean Reef that passed, Turq. We are gonna try to get it since we don’t want anyone that hasn’t had one to buy it but they have a $500 price on it. It’s a rarity in and of itself being offered for sale in a shop but the size and possibly identity makes it more of a gem. Sorry for pics and video they have him in a Chinchilla ball in a coral display tank. We are waiting in the vehicle they are still unboxing but totally caught us off guard they don’t sell cephalopods here. This is the first we’ve seen in a shop and the first we’ve seen this big in person.
 

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hmm, our Search feature turns up empty for that... sounds like a misidentification!
Yeah we searched too but unfortunately we don’t have enough to buy it. The store is family run and come to find out they do sell octopus there but this is the first time we’ve seen one and he said it’s a “warm water giant octopus.” I did find a video on YouTube of one that looked like it but it is unfortunately killed in the video by a spear gun...
 

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Any idea about a mantle length? Its a bit hard to tell in the photos
It was as big ,if not, bigger than my hand I tried to hold my hand up for reference in the video but it didn’t do much so 4 1/2” to 5” in length when fully inflated. I tried searching Octopus in Atlantic and all of which didn’t match the look and size of this one so either the guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about or the supplier made it up to sell but apparently this isn’t the first “Giant Florida” octopus they’ve sold. He said there was one before it but every time we go in there it seems less like they care about their animals and more about making money. It sucks because they have almost everything we need and they offer the most diverse selection of product and livestock.
 

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