Saturday, February 28, 2009

Give her a toolbelt and a job!



The Pink Octopus got a laugh out of this!

16 comments:

CJ Raymer said...

"Some people are suggesting we call her 'Flo,' " he said.

Tee! Hee!

Haste yee back ;-) said...

If you ever get a chance to visit that aquarium, don't miss it!

And for those literary types here, there's some "Cannery Row" nostalgia and "Doc" Ed Ricketts lab stuff. (That Steinbeck fella had a way with words)!

Haste yee back ;-)

The Things We Carried said...

What as story!

Melanie Avila said...

I wonder what that octopus could do with a typewriter?

Sarah Jensen said...

loved it!

Joyce said...

Great story! But I bet you already knew that your eight-armed friends were thought to be "the most intelligent invertebrate -- and to have good memories."

Just_Me said...

Astroturf keeps them in their tanks. Otherwise the octopi like to wander. Fabulous creatures though, you're very lucky to have one as an assistant.

Kristin Laughtin said...

This is why I love cephalopods. I'm thinking about driving up to that aquarium just to see her!

Indigo said...

Nothing like a mischievous octopus named "Flo". This was hilarious, thanks for sharing hon. (Hugs)Indigo

BJ said...

I was sad about the octagal they mentioned - Octavia - who died when she drained her tank in a similar manner. Flo's lucky they found her before that happened to her.

Maybe if they gave these critters jobs, they wouldn't just play around and take stuff apart when bored. Like border collies. If they don't have a job to do, they can go nuts.

I wonder if octopi would find those wood bead and wire toys you finding in kids' waiting areas of any interest.

ryan field said...

hehe...Flo!!

Just_Me said...

BJ- some of the better aquariums are in the habit of giving octopuses toys. Containers with treats, rubiks cubes, all sorts of fun things. They're very smart, very curious, and really aren't aware of the danger they could be in. Like a genius 3 year old.

*stuffs soap box away and pretends she isn't mad for marine life*

DebraLSchubert said...

Flo seems to get into as much trouble as my two, teenage boys - undoubtedly with a lot more intention and planning!

BJ said...

"They're very smart, very curious, and really aren't aware of the danger they could be in. Like a genius 3 year old."

I got that from the article. I'm glad some folks give them things to play with. Maybe they should hire an octopus nanny, to watch them at night? Even a 24 hr security company with cameras. Flo seems to have come very close to repeating Octavia's tragedy.

Sorry to be a downer. Can you tell I worry about silly things sometimes?

Shelli said...

octopus 1 aquarium 0

kate said...

Your octopus should meet Truman our octopus here at the New England Aquarium! if we don't keep him entertained all %&**#$%$% breaks loose!!

http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/blogs_webcams_videos_and_more/blogs/giant_ocean_tank_blog/2009/03/35-octopus-in-box-guest-post.html

enjoy!