[Octopus]: El Diablo - O. vulgaris

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  1. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I purchased him from Tomscaribbean.com. I requested one of the smallest he has but by my best estimate his mantle is appx. 2" so he is not young. He arrived at 11:00 am. Water very cold and loaded with sucker sheds. He is looking alright so far. He has his arms wrapped around his head, looking scared and stressed. Acclimating now, photos to come. Note I said "him" 3rd arm is curled and enlarged scukers, I do have experience with males and am pretty confident I can call this one.
     
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    Cool! :welcome:
     
  3. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    His mantle looks a little floppy when he breathes, makes me think post brood female. Take a look and tell me what you all think. I am not very experienced :hmm:
    Last photo is an exhale?

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    My daughter just came home from school and told me that it is the ugliest octopus she has ever seen. :sad:
     
  4. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Getting a better look the mantle is maybe closer to 3".
     
  5. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    More photos. His second arm has been severed at the webbing,(can be seen clearly in photo) regrowth can be seen mabye 2/3 of an inch.


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  6. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Must have gotten tired of banging around in the container. Grabbed onto the rock and pulled it down around him, just not ready to venture out of it's safety.

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  7. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    He is out of the plastic container and just hanging in the same spot. This one dwarfs Ollie in mantle size. Here are a couple more shots.

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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    wow interesting colors, Legs never turned Yellow and red like that. Great pictures!
     
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    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    WOW really great pics. The best I have are from my phone. I didnt want to spook with a flash so I just used what I had.
     
  10. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    The first photos were taken w/o flash. I could not capture his true colors so I decided to try the flash, it dosen't seem to bother him too much. I am worried because his mantle looks a little big, loose, and floppy. Maybe I am just not used to such a large one :roll:
    ...Still sitting in the same spot.
     
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    Very nice pictures. You truelly did capture her beautiful colors. :)
     
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    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Mine is still in the same spot too.. though her color is looking better now that shes being left alone. Yours is beautiful no matter what honest little children may say. They are all beautiful in mothers eyes :smile2:
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    My daughter is comparing this one to our last octopus Ollie. Ollie was really beautiful and Sam loved to play with him. He was begining to be very social, I think she is just misses him. This guy has a certain charm, well to me anyway :grin:
     
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    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Its sad for the kids I think most of all. Octos can become there little friend and its such a short time that they live, it can be heartbreaking.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    For us big kids too :sad:
     
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    All of my briareus just stayed out until it got dark and they were alone on their introduction to my tanks. Definitely some stress signs (colapsed mantle and corkscrew arms in post #5). Lets hope they are not age related and will disappear in a week. The arm to mantle ratio reminds me of Creepy and makes me think this one has put all of its arms in moray holes/crab dens as some points in its life.
     
  17. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    This morning he is tucked nicely in Ollie's old den. D, any thought as to the sex? I am begining to second guess my origonal guess of male. There are a few shells that have been pulled in to partially block the den entrance. This is something Ollie never did so I am wondering if this may be a female.
     
  18. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Very good. I am glad hes hidding for you now. From what I have read thats a very good sign things will be ok. Normally when I have read others journals if they didnt hide within the first day or so, they normally died with in a few days.
     
  19. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Here he is a few momnents ago in Ollie's old den. At least I can see him. (or should I say her?) See the shells in front.


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    I am very excited for you! Congrats!
     

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