I knew this day was coming for quite some time. I actually noticed a major behavior change and decrease in appetite back in December so I'm grateful she made it this long. Oh yeah, no eggs were ever laid so I guess she's a he. He was down to eating just a small bit of shrimp only about once a week and even stopped going underneath the undergravel filter to sleep for the last month or so. It was like a clock slowly winding down. I guess it makes it easier this way instead of a sudden death. I found him with a few legs up in the whisper filter intake and appeared stuck. On a normal day I would see him occasionally stick his arms in the intake feeling around and would pull them back out with ease. This wasn't a normal day, his energy level was just too low. I turned off the filter and he still couldn't get the arms out or even appear to try, so I left the pump off from that point on and disconnected the plastic end of the intake to free him up. I got my hands in there to see if I could manually help to get that intake off to no avail. when I tried to gently tug, it felt like the legs were going to tear. Since I knew Ocho was close to passing, I just left it. I wanted to let him go in peace without me trying to interfere with things. He would just slowly scoot around the tank with the intake still attached to a few legs. That was day before yesterday and was still clinging to life with very shallow breaths all day yesterday. This morning I found a still and lifeless Ocho face down. I had Ocho for 10 months and that's considering I bought him near full grown. I think if I got him at just a month or 2 old I think the lifespan would have been quite possibly up to a year and a half, maybe even more. As always, I try not to get too attached to an octopus because of the short lifespan, but it's still always a bummer when they go cause it's something you've fed and cared for. I celebrate the long life and good memories I have of Ocho. In Memory: Taken Very Recently Full Tank Shot The Final Picture of Ocho Alive ......and Blondie the Damsel survived the Octopus.