Hi, Everyone! I'm Michele, a 28 year old computer tech obsessed with animals in general and octopi and cephs in particular. It's kind of strange...I started off with a really keen interest in snails and their associative learning abilities. That led me to look into the sea where I found manta rays flying gracefully and being gentle and giant. That somehow led me to octopi who have far more advanced intellect than the snails that so impressed me earlier. I then started learning about their ability to change their colors and textures, how well developed their eyesight is, their problem solving skills, and who can fail to get caught up in the beauty of an octopus as it so elegantly moves along the ocean floor? Well, to make a long story short, I fell truly, madly, deeply in love.... with something wholly alien and amazing. From octopi my interests have grown to include squid, cuttlefish, nautiluses, etc. My friends and family think I am completely mad, and perhaps I am. I simply can't go more than a few hours without researching octopuses, finding videos, and just immersing myself in every tiny scrap of info available about these amazing creatures. My goal is to someday keep an octopus so that I can observe it and learn from it all the things I cannot learn from texts and videos. That, however, is a long way off as I have never even had a salt water tank. My plan is to start small, set up a small saltwater tank with some easy to care for fish and then move slowly onto bigger reef tanks with more difficult to care for inhabitants and lower tolerances until after however long that learning process takes I can finally buy a really large tank (say 70-100 gallons or so) and get it cycling for 6 months or a year and then introduce my first octo. In the meantime, I'm looking into conservation efforts as I understand even small changes in the ocean's chemistry can affect these wonderful creatures and that because of various things people are doing to the ocean they have taken a hit. If you have any suggestions for things I should read, watch, listen to, please, please let me know.