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Peter Godfrey-Smith (pgs)
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Ceph Minds & Octopolis

Peter presented more information on the on-going observations at "Octopolis", a site of octopuses living in groups discovered by JuggleMatt On going report from Matty and Peter can be found in the original TONMO thread, Octopus living in groups and more stuff and in Peter's blog, The Giant Cuttlefish. His talk included more oddities on ceph sex and displayed another not commonly known tenting mating posture. The invasion and continued presence of more ceph predators suggests that Octopolis will continue to decline in ceph population. The team will continue to study the area in hopes of documenting natural rise, fall and re-population of the area as well as the effects of the environment changes brought about by the octopus created (or at least enhanced) terrain.
 

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Heather Yager (CAS Archivist)

CAS Archive Tour

Friday evening before the main event, Heather gave a tour of the archive room. Sadly I missed the fantastic collection of "cephs in a jar" but arrived in time for viewing books that predate even me!
 

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Saltwater = White, Freshwater = Blue

On Sunday, Richard met us at the top of the swamp and gave us a whirlwind tour of some of the workings behind the scenes. The Bandensis, GPO and, of course LPSO, would have enough to entertain me for far longer than was allowed.
 

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Cephs at CAS

Larger Pacific Striped Octopus
A paniced mad dash to relocate the tank JUST let me catch LPSO feeding time

Hatchlings!
We did not get to see their unique breeding style but the LPSO breeds and broods continuously. Several little guys hatched the evening of TONMOcon and were visible in the tank when we toured.

Mischevious GPO
The resident GPO seems to like having its arms splashed with water, its mantle rubbed and its arms tickled. Keeper Margarita is trying visual, come here, training with a white board and rewarding individual arm behavior. Sedna decided that the octopus did not get an arm splash for stealing the splashing bucket.
 

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TONMOcon VII - sneak preview
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Monterey Bay in 2017

We have a consensus and unofficial commitment to hold TONMOcon VII (2017) in Monterey. There was talk of trying for 2015 (TONMOcon VI) but the East/West coast location alteration we have been using AND the fact that the exhibit should be well established by TONMOcon VII pushed unofficial sentiment toward waiting until 2017. The exhibit is still on the drawing boards but well into the financial and publicity commitment stages. Hopefully Bret, Chris and Alicia will give us insider updates as the exhibit progresses.
 

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Here are the photos I took of the cuttlefish and Larger Pacific Striped Octopuses at Steinhart Aquarium. At one point the female came out to try and catch a shrimp that wandered too close...but she missed and backed right up into the tube with her eggs!
 

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