New Zealand gear up for Octopus explosion

The Common Octopus
The Common Octopus

The New Zealand area of Dunedin is expecting to be engulfed by Octopuses as they arrive to mate, an article in Otago Daily Times wrote.

The Common Octopus lives for around two years and have an arm span of around two metres. Despite having a sharp beak and being so large, they don’t pose a threat to people because they’re so shy, but do have a similar intelligence to that of a clever Dog.

The article explains how the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre on Otago Harbour releases Octopuses that they’ve studied in order to let them mate. This decision came after their favourite character, Sid the Octopus, escaped from his tank. They found him five days later in the drainage system as he made a break for freedom. They surmised he was looking for a mate and so they set him free.

On another occasion, a female decided she didn’t like the lights in room where her tank was located. She discovered that she could “turn the lights off” by splashing water on the light switch which fused the circuit and killed the lights. The Aquarium changed the lighting system.

3 thoughts on “New Zealand gear up for Octopus explosion

  1. Octopus are astonishing creatures by any standard.

    I am pleased to read that the aquarium recognized the importance of liberating the animals so that they are able to pursue their natural instincts and behavior. One piece of information here is the longevity of the Common Octopus. I had imagined, I don’t know quite why, that they would be longer lived.

    The arrival of the octopus should be celebrated as the area’s most important annual event. There should be music and dancing and good eating for one and all. Indeed, the Festival of the Cephalod Molluscs of Dunedin should endure for a full eight days in honor of the beast’s manifold tentacles.

    Thank you, sir, for this news. It has inspired in me the desire to relate my own octopus story, but that I will undertake “by my own hearth” so to speak. I shall be pleased to add a link back to this as a simple matter of courtesy.

    Good day to you!

  2. It is terribly nice to hear that institutions do indeed look after their captive animals. It’s a shame that they can’t live in the wild where they belong, but I think stories like this and the entertaining one that you have written (other readers; see the Pingback) shows that they are intelligent enough to make the best of the situation.
    Thanks for the link and reference, I really appreciate it.

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