Baby GPO

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But its gonna eat alot of crabs when it gets to 4m armspan. I've no doubt the NRCC will be able to house it til its full grown. Btw- have GPO been captive bred?
 

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Well, the NRCC is fortunate to be in Galveston - that area of the Gulf coast has LOTS of crabs, small and large, so it's not so difficult to provide a GPO with good dinners! They have already previously kept adult GPOs there.

I don't know whether anyone has been successful with breeding GPOs, but this is being attempted now. In fact, there seems to be a general increase in captive bred octos.

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Did a quick web search -

"In 1982, The Seattle Aquarium received an Edward H. Bean Award from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) for being the first to successfully breed a giant Pacific octopus in captivity."

sounds like it can be done...but not easy perhaps!!!!!! :(
 

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there is a big difference between 'breeding' and 'captive rearing'... its only a success when you rear the new babies to adulthood... also, breeding in captivity is when the mating happened in captivity, sometimes females come in gravid and can't be called 'bred'

Sorry, just one of my pet hates with animal husbandry terminology :)
 

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There Collin you fussy bugger!!! :roll:

"At the Seattle Aquarium, GPOs have been reared on a varied diet to 97 lbs. GPOs in captivity can live, grow, and reproduce when fed a diet of thawed frozen–uncooked seafood such as herring, smelt, capelin, fishfillets, clam meat, or squid."

lol - sounds promising?!!

(The article is called "enrichment for giant pacific octopus: happy as a clam?")
 

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hehehehe

still doesnt say that eggs can be reared and babies reared to adulthood...


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Any of these???

"Giant Pacific octopus has been reared 1–2 times in captivity (Anderson 2001)"

"A single giant octopus was raised from egg to maturity in the Seattle Aquarium."

:?:
 

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