I got this incredible little octopus from Diver Tom yesterday- and it might be the most amazing one I've had yet! The last few octos I've gotten have been so old and far into senescence that they haven't lasted long enough to even post. That is the ones that got here alive... This time when I saw it on the In Stock list on Tom's site I e-mailed and asked for the size and his guess at species. "briareus or vulgaris, head the size of a dime." I've never had such a young one before! When it got here, I saw the classic mercatoris pose, two front arms thrown up over it's mantle between it's eyes. That was the last it resembled a merc! It dropped the shell it had been curled up in and began swimming around the bucket, crawling up the side- as interested in me as I was in it. Since it wasn't shy or stressed out, I got out the macro lens and got up closer. It's response was to come closer to the camera, then squirt just off to one side! End of photo shoot! I sent the photos to D, feeling too superstitious to post on Tonmo yet. She guessed vulgaris. After acclimation I put it in a large critter keeper into my 54gal. When I got this keeper a while ago, I octo proofed it as best I could, drilling tiny holes for more H2O flow, but with fine mesh sewn around the top. It can hold lots of LR and I've successfully kept other octos in it. At first it hid under a rock keeping a sharp eye on me. Within a few hours, it was out on the side of the keeper, in plain site. All through the evening it moved about the keeper, checking us and it's new surroundings out, not a bit concerned with the activity in the room. When I got up in the morning I didn't see it, and after reading Little Bit's logs, I didn't expect to see it for a few days. At 9:30, it was out on the glass- front and center. On the glass, not in the keeper. I could mind no signs of it's escape route (a heavy chunk of LR on the lid). Throughout the day it could be found exploring the LR, even holding on to a hermit crab who was distressed at the situation! I'm still keeping my fingers crossed. This has been a great start, but I'll be feeling more confident when it's still here in a week from now!