I called Caribbean Creatures and he said he could get Octopus vulgaris right now. I told him I would have to think about it because I really was looking for O. briareus and since the vulgaris is larger I wanted to think about it... a nice way of saying no thanks and moving on... Then he corrects me and says the vulgaris that he pulls is smaller and its mantel only gets as big as a golf ball... hmm now this got me to wondering what octo hes talking about. I asked him about the eyespots on the side and he said he doesnt remember them having the spots... so... what octo would be smaller than O. briareus with out eyespots in the gulf or atlantic (not sure which part he dives in) that isnt a O. joubini/merc?? Your thoughts?