Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Almost...

...had grilled octopus on Saturday. Now I'm having second thoughts.

The pacific striped octopus is not like other octopi. Most octopi are loners. Females sometimes kill and eat their mate. Cannibalism is common, and reproduction seems to trigger rapid aging followed by death.

Not so for the Pacific striped. They mate face to face, lay multiple clutches, don't suffer from senescence and live in colonies...or dare we call them tribes...of up to 40. Unfortunately, octopi are hard to rear in captivity and we don't know much about these guys.

Maybe the hatchlings aren't eating because they're getting something from the adults we can't give them. Like, say, proper communication...

(Sorry, boring tentacles, Nobilis ;)).