Floating Baby Octopuses, Becoming Very Popular

Floating Baby Octopuses, Becoming Very Popular

At the Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, Until Around May

At the Echizen Matsushima Aquarium in Fukui Prefecture’s Sakai City, newly hatched giant Pacific octopuses are on display. The adorable creatures floating around in the aquarium have been gaining much popularity.

As the largest species of octopus, the giant Pacific octopus can grow up to 3 metres long and weigh as much as 30 kilograms. The mother octopus was caught in April 2019 while already pregnant, and laid several thousand eggs in June 2019. From around January 14th, the eggs began hatching, and tens of young octopuses have been placed on display.

While the young octopuses are only roughly one centimetre long, it already has eight sucker-covered arms. The semi-transparent octopuses eagerly moves its arms, floating up and down, brimming with charm. Seeing the octopuses has been very soothing for visitors.

With no fully established technology for raising young octopuses in Japan, the sea creatures will die after two or three weeks. The aquarium will be shifting new octopuses into the tank as it hatches, and be on display until around May.

“Please come and see the eagerly swimming octopuses,” says an aquarium staff.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1026334

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