Octopus: Combat Karl O. Hummelincki Location Captured: Daytona Beach Shores, FL Halifax River Size at Capture: Mantle apprx 3-3.5" Age: Unknown, but full grown Identifiers: Missing half of #2 tentacle, but has regrown a substatial portion of it Temperament: Playful/Curious has not showed aggressive tendancies towards people Diet in order of most chosen: Stone crabs, small blue crab, large hermit crabs, shrimp, snails Tank: 125 gal 72x18x22 with 40 gal refugium/sump ASM G3 skimmer 3" sandbed, apprx 200#s rock, multiple cave structures Lighting: 2 4' VHO total 220 watts, low lighting 3/25/2009 This first entry will be a summarization of the last several months Karl has been in the tank. The biggest changes have been behaviorly and eating habits. When first introduced to tank, Karl stayed in the rock with frequent exploratory excursions around the tank. Karl stayed in a ball and "glided" around the tank rarely crossing the sandbed without being able to touch a rock. Feeding during this time period was opportunistic, as anything that went into the tank was killed within 20 mins. This covers approximately the first 3 weeks. The second and current stage is characterized by no fear of being in the open and shows a keen interest in what is happening outside of the tank. Radomly running up and down the glass and swimming in the corner of the glass is also typical. Feeding has become more discriminate, as hermit crabs now live in the tank for days to weeks before he shows interest. The variable is Karls availibility of crabs. Karl will bypass all other food for a crab, and will attack with force. Handfeeding is no problem, and Karl will come to your hand if put into the tank. Karl shows signs of play behavior with a hand, and seems to enjoy his/her mantle being rubbed. Food is also sometimes poked and proded before consumption. This is very typical with shrimp. The undirected behavior of swimming and glass wandering is worrisome, but hopefully it is typical for Karl. He has also bitten and killed crabs without consuming them.