Octopus garden

octopus 1

octopus 2The giant pacific octopus was very active during our visit to Newport this week – apparently he knew it was feeding time!  Usually, because they’re nocturnal, whenever we visit an aquarium the octopus is holed up in a cave or crevice in the back of the tank, so we were very excited to get to watch this one “in action.”  He was zooming from side to side in the tank, popping up to the top of the water, and then spreading out his tentacles and floating down like a large, upside-down umbrella.  When the caretaker fed him, he scratched his head like a dog and handed him clams.

I think that octopus are fascinating creatures – supposedly very smart, and so ingeniously made!  I could have sat and watched this one for hours . . .

 

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