[Octopus]: ET - Octopus Hummelincki

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With all the hoopla about octopuses being alien invaders this year, Neal suggested we name it, Zreck (a Google look up was necessary here) but I was afraid I could not remember or properly pronounce that name so we compromised on the better known version :concern:
 

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Love how she moves away when your hand goes closer after checking out your finger at first!
 

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Then at the end like “ok that’s enough, I’ll scrunch down into this corner and maybe that giant thing will go away!”
 

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ET has to come out to the front glass before I will attempt to play with him/her. I am very careful NOT to approach the rock and to withdraw my hand entirely from the tank if the octopus chooses to go there. ET is far more interactive than most but I am expecting to have to start all over with interaction after he/she is fully acclimated (about 1 month).
 

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After watching ET closely for awhile, I am pretty sure he is a male. He still keeps all arms rolled up most of the time out in the open but has relaxed 7 of them on occasion and curled more than just the tip of the third right.

I am not fully convinced of his species. He has extra eye spots behind his real eyes and the typical hummelincki spots are very tiny, sometimes raised and hard to determine their color. He also often turns just his mantle white and wears stripes on his arms, an odd color combo I have not seen before. He is also quite spikey at times. Totally delightful but, like Monty, I don't think I will be able to confirm an ID.
 

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Sounds very interesting. Hope you can get some photos of this, especially the stripes.

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The arm stripes are prominent in the second photo above but I do want to get shots of the white mantle and brown eyespots.
 

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I enlarged the video and yes, I did see the stripes when ET unfolds his arms.
Unusual!

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