Just be careful to touch with wet hands. Our hands are too warm and can injure the octopus by damaging that vital slime coat letting in bacteria. Also make sure you have nothing like detergent, hand cream, sun screen etc on your hands as these can damage the octopus skin.Armstrong said:Never be afraid to touch an octopus, they don't bite you and don't use their "beak" as a weapon like squids and cuttelfish do as stated by Cousteu.
Ditto - see the later posts in this thread about our feisty octo at Kelly Tarlton's. I think it's more accurate to say that if you don't want them to bite you, it's fairly easy to prevent, but you should never assume that a wild or even domestic animal will categorically not bite you.Jean said:I would dispute the statement "they don't bite you"!!