So, as I was celebrating the umpteenth anniversary of my cooking club in an undisclosed location between Cannes and Grasse, we deemed it logical to spend a leisurely afternoon in Monaco, but obviously not without a visit to its aquarium. Yes, there were cephs at hand! Albeit not too many... And some of them not at all in shape I think keeping Nautilus should probably be banned, bar research purposes? Look at this sad excuse for a shelled ceph, floating at the surface, its buoyancy obviously not in shape at all, shell all blackened. Very low light, and I didn't want to startle, so no flash and thus motion blur. There were also some Sepia officinalis, quite happy after enjoying their latest supper, here's one. So, as could be expected, O. vulgaris was there, appearing at ease in its tank, but where were the toys??!! Mixed feelings about the whole deal, glad to have seen how things can be a lot better at i.e. the Steinhart or the NEAQ. One thing worth looking up for at the associated museum was the suspended model of Architeuthis dux, sans tentacules, flanked by a model GPO. As always, one exits the museum/aquarium via the shop, time for hamming action by my friend Peter Outside, another fairly large octo showed itself in the failing light of late afternoon.... Epic proportions, can you say "monsterquest"? Had a nice afternoon, but can't help feeling a bit awkward about conditions in the tanks versus average Monegascan yearly income. Still, can't pass up a good aquarium, when I see one!