I am a senior in Friendswood, Texas and I'm in an aquatic science class. We recently bought a briareus octopus from Toms Carribeans (in Florida). Everything seemed okay, but the breathing seemed a little off once he arrived from fed ex. He arrived yesterday around 2:15pm and died around 4:30pm. We contacted Tom and he said that we did everything right, he just believes the octopus went through a lot of stress on his way here. He is willing to send us another if we pay for shipping but we are unsure if we want to go through with it. So please, what are some ways you can ensure your octopus will make it if they travel on fed ex's overnight shipping. Oh, and he did come inside of a bag with water in it so we believe that he wasn't in the water all the time while he was being driven around.