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Jean

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I've FINALLY got a digicam!!! So here's a pic of one of our Octopus (we have 4 at the moment Earle {After Dr Sylvia Earle, who was a reccent visitor here!}, Arrow, Squiffy and Trev). This is Trev who has spent the holidays meeting and greeting visitors for 10 -20 mins each day. Visitors could have a wee pat (in water!) but 9 times out of 10 he would reach out and grab them! He is a Pinnoctopus cordiformis and measures around 1m arm span and his mantle is about the size of a small rugby ball!
 

TPOTH

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Cool picture, i can only hope we'll be seeing a lot more of those very soon ;)
All hail the digital age!

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Nancy

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Wonderful news that you have a camera, Jean, because you have such interesting octos to photograph.

I enjoyed seeing your pic of Trev, who looks like an octo worth meeting!

What about Earle, Arrow, and Squiffy?

Nancy
 

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Hi Jean!

That's wonderful you will have Lots of pics to post!!! :mrgreen: Was Trev out of the water?

Carol
 

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wtg Jean (pteropod guru) :notworth:
whoever invented the digit gets my vote !
you octopiarists are an odd breed
i.e. The Agent, Rummler, Gooball etc etc. & Trev ? :lol:
 

Jean

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HI All,

Thanks for your kind comments . I will try to get pics of the others but Squiffy and Arrow live in our ponds and are not often on view and Earle is being difficult at the moment he most emphatically does NOT like having his pic taken.

Yes Carol, Trev was out of the water, He'd knocked the standpipe out of the drain! So he's been put into the pond with Arrow and Squiffy.

I'll try to get some of Earle!


BTW Spartacus We didn't name Trev! A visitor to the Aquarium did, in fact with the exception of Earle all our octis were named by visitors.

J
 

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Awesome pics Jean!!! I have hopes of getting some good ones of the GPO at Baltimore on Aug. 13 as Jess and I are camping out in the Aquarium!!!!

Carol
 

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Nice pics, Jean. So glad you finally got a digital camera!

My, Earle is such a big, handsome octopus! Looks like he has a comfortable place to live, too.

Nancy
 

Jean

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thanks for your kind comments all, yes Earle is handsome, but I have to say for his spp he's still pretty small! he could get to as much as twice that size! Then we have heaps of fun keeping them fed!!!

J
 

Jean

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R.I.P Earle

It's a sad aquarium down south. We lost Earle on Friday. He developed the autophagy disease and was eating his own arms. The worst part of the whole thing is that we had to euthanise him :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

We are now in the process of sterilising the tank etc, before we introduce a new octopus.


:angelpus:


J :cry:
 

Nancy

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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, Jean. :( That must have been very difficult for all of you at the aquarium.

He was a magnificent octopus. How quickly things change.

RIP Earle :angelpus:
 

tonmo

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:cry: That is sad -- I'm sorry you all had to go through that!
 

Steve O'Shea

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Indeed, RIP. Been there recently myself. Not good.

..... I don't suppose you have any octopus eggs down there do you Jean? I've a new chappy starting up here (Felipe) on his Masters, and he'll be rearing P. cordiformis, O. gibbsi and O. huttoni, egg to adult hopefully. It would be nice to compare development of P. cordiformis [or O. huttoni] from both ends of NZ (I can get them up this way, through scallop boats or SCUBA). Another onliner (Jason ... I'll not let on his alias) is rearing Sepioteuthis, but I'd like him to have a look-see at Sepioloidea also (your large new species, and S. 'pacifica'). If you do hear of any eggs of these things being collected I can quick-pronto organise them being sent up ... or someone coming down. I could throw a few $$ at a diver to collect some.

Hope all else is most positively marvelously fantastically wonderfully good.
Me
 

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