Re: NANFA-- Cephalopods

Tom Watson (
Wed, 10 Mar 2004 17:53:27 -0800

I contacted the biologist at the Seattle Aquaruim, Roland C. Anderson, PhD,
he is the formost authority on Octopus dofleini. His response is below:

Hi Tom,
We were the first to raise a giant Pacific octopus from an egg. One
survived, and it died of old age (65 pounds) at three years. I suspect some
live a bit longer in colder waters (Alaska), hence the 3-5 year range.
Glad I could help.

Roland C. Anderson, PhD
The Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101 USA

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Subject: Re: NANFA-- Cephalopods

> In a message dated 3/9/04 7:13:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> > We have a species that lives longer here in Puget Sound. The Giant
Pacific Octopus (Octopus dofleini), . Probably too big for a 125 Gal
aquarium at 30 ft from tentacle tip to tentacle tip.
> >
> Actually I have talked to the woman who keeps (or kept, it's been a while)
> the octopus in that aquarium. They have a max life span of about 18
> amazing how fast they grow, cephalopods set some sort of world record in
> efficiency at turning food into octopus.
> Moon
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