Hiya Tentacular Folks! My real name is Aric (yah, don't mind sharing that bit). I grew up on the southern Oregon coast. My first years of life were in Port Orford, OR, followed by moving to Reedsport, OR, around the age 7 and finishing my school years there. For the first 3 years of life my family lived on Coast Guard Hill, the site of a former US Coast Guard Station - http://www.portorfordlifeboatstation.org/ . In the late 1960s the lifeboat house (lost to a fire in the late 1970s) was a marine research facility for Oregon State University. Up until the fire it looked like this: My father used to take me down to the boathouse (long, steep stairs into the cove...) and the marine biologist had a local octopus there as a pet. This place has always been one of my favorite haunts when in Port Orford. In 2005 I contacted the marine biologist, Bob Courtright as I had and still have a bit of a project related to the station. He wrote back as follows: Bob Courtright has two business interests: http://www.bassprolures.com/ www.arthatchery.com A little later I'll share my own first-hand encounter with an octopus when paying one of my many visits to the closed down lifeboat station (before the fire).