Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Life Photo Meme: Narrow

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Cephalopoda

Order: Octopoda

Family: Octopodidae

This little two-spot octopus was only about 2 months old when the picture was taken. He (or she) would be able to fit into VERY narrow spaces, as the only hard part on its body is its beak. An adult two-spot octopus can get up to three feet in length (arm to arm), and has a beak about the size of you pinkie fingernail. This little guy was almost an inch (arm to arm), so I can't even imagine how small its beak is. But I do know that it fit into the most amazingly small spaces to enact its escapes.

This little octo is still going strong at the aquarium, and is about 6 months old at this point. We have had some success in feeding it, even though its diet constantly changes as it grows. Its about 2.5 inches from arm to arm now. Hopefully, we will be able to raise it to adulthood.

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