SM9437 : Ollie the Octopus at the Ocean Lab

taken 8 years ago, near to Goodwick, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Ollie the Octopus at the Ocean Lab
Ollie the Octopus at the Ocean Lab
A small octopus is the main attraction at the Ocean Lab's marine life exhibition. He (or she?) shares a tank with some small fish, several sea anemones and a couple of crabs, after having been caught by a local fisher in early January 2010, and is fed daily with fresh prawns and suchlike.

The octopus is a cephalopod and possesses many exceptional features: eight arms bearing suction cups for clinging, no skeleton but a beak for crushing and eating shellfish, the ability the produce a cloud of black ink to confuse predators, three hearts and a high intelligence. They are able to learn, remember, solve problems and play. In many countries they have protection from scientific expermentation without anaesthesia - including the UK where they are classed as 'honorary vertebrates' for that purpose.

These small octopi have short lives, around 6 months only, and it will be released back into the wild if it fails to thrive in the tank.
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Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 29 January, 2010
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Sea life   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 947 379 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.1225N 4:59.4852W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 947 379
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