NANFA-- Another reply to octopus life spans (pacific giant octopus)
Sat, 13 Mar 2004 10:50:37 EST

Hi Jim and Moon,
Through the serious dedication of one of our employees a number of
years ago, we raised a giant Pacific octopus from egg to maturity. It
(male) died at 3 years (almost exactly) of old age at 65 pounds (30 kg)
after casting out several spermatophores.
I suspect the ones that live deeper and colder live a bit longer.

Roland C. Anderson, PhD
The Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-386-4359
/"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily
/ reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes
/ Association"
/ This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association
/ To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word
/ subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to
/ For a digest version, send the command to
/ instead.
/ For more information about NANFA, visit our web page,