Arctic octopus

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  1. lotus101

    lotus101 O. vulgaris Registered

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    I was just watching a show on the discovery channel on the intellegence of octopus's and was just wondering whether anyone had any experiences with the arctic octopus. The reason I ask is because they are the longest living octo's (six years) and are really small (I think I heard they're golfball size).
    I'm not planning on getting one because they probably need water near freezing, but I was just curious.
     
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi,

    I don't know of anyone with Arctic octo experience, but from what I've read, the colder the water, the longer the octo lifespan.

    I believe that Jean works with cold-water species in New Zealand.

    Nancy
     
  3. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    The most stuff online about arctic octos is by James Woods, he studied the arctic octo Bathypolypus articus for his PhD

    http://www.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/barctic.html

    Also, the only native species in Scotland is an arctic species which is Eledone cirrhosa, a google search will drag up a lot about that one.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    er .............not that cold ........really! :lol: But yes compared to some of the octis you guys have ours are cold water.......but that hasn't really extended their lives much.

    Pinnoctopus cordiformis lives for about 2 years and Octopus huttoni (see Steve got it right this time :lol: :lol: ) for less, around a year or so.

    To get really cold water species we'd have to get closer to the antarctic.......maybe look at something like Pareledone sp. Anyone care to fund a wee trip to the ice for me.............................please?

    Cheers
    J
     
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    lotus101 O. vulgaris Registered

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    Thanks Colin! sorry I didn't do a search before hand though. Those pictures are really cool!
     
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    o.vulgaris Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    hmm, how do you get it to freezing subtemperatures.
    It must be a hardy task indeed. 8)
     

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