We are hoping for a boy, obviously we can't gender him with confidence yet. O.Vulgaris, about 3 months old we think? Found him at our local fish store, of all of the places in the world. We spent his quarantine checking discreetly on his status every four days or so. Never asked too many questions to seem pesky, just politely dug at them for information. We were given links, leads, other people as well as their OWN experiences with many octopus during this time. On the day that he went on sale, we had already decided to get him (his PRICE was appalling in it's affordability) and I think it was that same week that I met them unlocking their door one morning and asked for him, what do I need to go and buy to take him home in, et cetera. I was given the help eagerly and I left, bought a Pet Carrier, came right back and took Trevor home in it (in a baggie obviously). We are blogging the experience for two reasons. One, I'm dying. I ONLY TELL YOU THIS because it is why we now have an Octopus in our home. Seen the movie, or heard of, "The Bucket List"? :) Onward. Two, we never thought after all of the research that my wife and I had done on keeping an Octopus as a pet, we never thought that we would ever find one in our home town. We were certain that it would have to be shipped to us, and we flat refuse to be the direct cause of shipping an Octopus any place for any reason. Trevor was already shipped, survived that nightmare that you and I can only imagine, and it is not MY fault. You see? So. He's very interesting, so far he broke most of the rules because he doesn't HIDE so much as LURKS, although he's plenty of hiding places. We're told that simply means that he's confident. We have seen him "Clowning" one time, for several minutes actually, but we were FAR too transfixed to have even thought of a camera. Once he's just a little bigger, we are setting up the tripod and working out DIM lighting just to take out the reflections in the room... we will welcome EVERY advice on this. For that matter, we will welcome every advice PERIOD. There is not enough information out here, on keeping these brilliant things as pets, so we want to do what the others are doing and trying to blog it so that everyone can learn about this. Will it encourage an Octopus trade, eventually? I mean, if we all keep this up? I kind of pray not. But at the same time, I feel like I have to blog this so that it can be helpful.