By Andrea F. Carter
The California two-spot octopus was anticipating dinner last week. Its tentacles spread out, and the two spots on either side of its body that give the animal its name darkened.
Bret Grasse, the manager of cephalopod operation at the Marine Biological Laboratory where the octopus resides, described this as common behavior when someone approaches the tank.
Mr. Grasse and his team, including fellow aquarist Taylor Sakmar, have been charged by MBL to develop what he described as a “cephalopod empire,” where cephalopod species that include squids, cuttlefish, and octopuses can thrive and reproduce for generations. Read more…