I visit our local (30 miles away) H Mart from time to time for fresh fruit, small steaks and baby back ribs. When I have an octopus in residence, I am a more frequent visitor because it is my only supplier of blue crab claws. I have gone to several H-Marts (as well as a couple of other Korean markets) and, in all the years shopping there, I have never seen even a suggestion of live octopus (I do have a couple of successful abalone and I have seen but never considered geoduck for the cold tank). On Tuesday, I made the long grocery trip and discovered that, not only had they completely redone their live fish tanks but that they were advertising live octopuses, sea cucumbers and sea squirts for the months of July and August (my "local" store only). Fortunately for the animals, only a couple of scrawny cucs were in the tanks. I inquired (of course) and was told "tomorrow" by the non-English speaking fish counter man. I did a lot of useless hand gestures and tried to communicate that I wanted to know about "live" only (they also carry frozen) and that I wanted them for an aquarium. "Tomorrow", he said. When? "afternoon". Live octopus, right? "Yes, tomorrow they come by plane". I was not convinced I was getting valid intel but today, I called and confirmed that there should be live octos there, later. I tried using Google translate over the phone but it failed to deliver my message. So I just asked, "when?" receiving "maybe 5:00 PM" as my answer. At 4:30 I called and they confirmed they had them. I loaded photos of my fish tanks (including several with octopuses in residence and one with the abalone I had purchased there over a year ago), set Google Translate to have Korean as the on-board language and headed south. In the parking lot I considered grabbing one of the teens that likely spoke both Korean and English but decided they might think me a bit too crazy to help. To my surprise, when I approached the fish market, there were, indeed a tank containing live octopuses. By now the fish mongers recognize me and grinned widely when I approached the tank. I was not allowed to choose my octo but I was not going to push that. I DID have to argue that I needed water to carry them home. I must have intrigued the manager because he came out to help me a bit and found a plastic scallop bucket for my prizes. I did show my photos around a bit, explained about the abalone still being alive after over a year (I have lost a few but I thinks this pair is actually about 2 years in the tank) and did use Google Translate to get the tank temperature. I don't expect Thing 1 to survive even 24 hours but have a bit of hope for Thing 2. As you can see in the pictures, Thing 1 barely colored up at all and remains very lethargic with heavy breathing. Thing 2 is not active but his color and breathing improved dramatically with some tank water and oxygenation. Thing 2 was place in the cold water tank (about 69 degrees) but Thing 1 will go into a warm water tank. I had planned to try this from the start to see which temp worked better but had hoped for animals in equal health. I also got a huge cucumber and a sea squirt (Halocynthia roretzi). The sea squirt is an aquacultured species and may do well in the cold tank if up rooting it does not kill it. So far the cuc seems to know he is in a new place and has been crawling all over/under/around the entire tank.