CURLED OCTOPUS CAUGHT IN LOBSTER POT GIVEN NEW HOME IN NEWQUAY AQUARIUM
8 May 2013
Keepers at the Blue Reef Aquarium are welcoming the arrival of a new resident, after a curled octopus which was caught by local fisherman was donated to the attraction.
Ned Bailey, a fisherman from Nylor, was shocked at the discovery of the eight-legged creature inside his lobster pot, keeping the invertebrate alive inside a bucket before contacting the zoological team at the Newquay based aquarium.
Usually growing to 50cm, a curled octopus has a highly developed nervous system and studies have found they can, distinguish between different shapes colours, complete mazes and are even capable of unscrewing boxes. Usually sporting a reddish brown, they can change the shade of their skin in an instant and discharge ink when threatened.
If you are looking forward to staying in any of the nearby 5 star cottages in Cornwall this summer, why not come along to the Blue Reef Aquarium and welcome their latest addition?
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