Hi everyone! Just wanted the chance to send greetings out from the North West of the UK! Since I was little, I'd always been mesmerized by octopi, and secretly always wanted to keep one as a pet. Until quite recently (when I found these forums!) I always assumed that was just a dream. I was so happy to find these forums and the great people here! :) I'm not the only one!! At the moment it's still just an idea, but one I'm seriously considering. I realize it is a huge (and costly!) commitment, and I'm reading all the wonderful advice posted here. Particularly about the species of octopus -- which I imagine will largely determine tank size and the type of care and environment it will need. I've always known that the octopus is very intelligent (at age 12 I was driving my parents mad with documentaries!). And I have to be honest - it's one of the things which facinates me so much. And one of the huge joys I'm looking forward to is the chance to undertake some projects. Particularly training one to open jars to obtain food, and the possibility of taking this idea further (If I can get that far! ) Anyway, thank you for reading! I can't wait to adopt a little baby for myself someday, when I have enough information!! I certainly want to know how to really look after my pet, before I rush into anything. I'm more than happy for any thoughts/advice or suggestions people may have!