We recently got an O. mercatoris from an LFS (Crystal Clear in Norman, OK) and they now have another octopus from a different supplier (through a distributor in TX, not direct from ocean like ours, so origin is unknown). A few pics of the new guy... It looks alot like Varys (our Merc) to us, but she is the only octopus we've known and we honestly didn't see a lot of Varys before she got broody with her eggs. The mantle on the uknown guy is about 2-2.5". Looks to be missing the tip of one arm and has some curls at the tips of the arms... how much curling is indicative of senescence? We don't need another Merc since we have the potential for a dozen or so Merc babies hatching in 2-3 weeks, but wanted to try and learn something anyway... and maybe give someone a heads-up on its availability.