Intelligence Enrichment program for Giant Pacific Octopus?

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  1. cbarela

    cbarela Blue Ring Registered

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    Has anyone ever heard of enrichment programs for Giant Pacific Octopus? Something similar to the programs that zoos sometimes do with great apes where the apes can, when they are so inclined, enter a room and work at a computer. I am looking for something unique that would give an octopus on public display an enriching activity or environment that would also be exciting for guests to watch or interact with. I don't want to settle for the traditional, "Let toss a Mr. Potatohead into the tank." Has anyone seen an exhibit that allows the octopus to leave its tank for another? Thoughts? ideas?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I am assuming you have gone to YouTube for ideas. The only things I have seen are the feeding toys or feeding interaction that are shown there. We have a new GPO exhibit here (I have not been since it opened, two days after my last visit :hmm: ) and you might contact the GA Aquarium to see if they have implemented anything innovative (this is their third attempt at an environment for the GPO). Unfortunately, I could find nothing of interest about the exhibit on the website.
     
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    Cephalover Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    All I can think of is a bigger tank, perhaps stocked with shellfish. Besides giving them more space to "forage" in, there's doesn't seem like much to do besides (as you mention) giving them objects to manipulate.
     
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    Stavros GPO Registered

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    Hi,

    In case you haven't read it yet, I'd suggest:

    Anderson, R. C.,& Wood, J. B. (2001). Enrichment for giant Pacific octopuses: Happy as a clam? Journal
    of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 4, 157–168.

    http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/_pdf/2001Enrichment.pdf

    Hope it helps.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    He forgot to add "and be sure to use and change gloves before interacting" (sorry, but that quote brought up a vision of the octo byte picture) :wink:.
     
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    Stavros GPO Registered

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    Poor octopodes... Having one mouth, how do they coordinate breathing with biting? :wink:
     
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    ceph Wonderpus Staff Member Moderator

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    Your octopus could predict the outcomes of sport events. . .
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    :roflmao: The topic is Octopus Enrichment, NOT human Enrichment!
     
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    ceph Wonderpus Staff Member Moderator

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    details. . .

    Anyway, the field of enrichment is wide open for new ideas.

    What is really needed on the science side is a few more controlled experiments that measure the effect of enrichment on octopus health.
     

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