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(Mother Nature Network)   It's a question somebody should ask: "Does an octopus make a good pet?   (mnn.com) divider line 99
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2014-02-20 12:15:04 PM
No. They don't live very long. And they really know how to escape from tanks.
 
2014-02-20 12:35:27 PM
I hear they can get attached to you.
 
2014-02-20 12:38:34 PM
No, but it makes a great petter.
 
2014-02-20 01:48:19 PM
Makes a great hat, though.
 
2014-02-20 01:49:04 PM
No.  A meal?  Yes.
 
2014-02-20 01:50:45 PM
Cuttlefish are more cuddly.
 
2014-02-20 01:51:38 PM
oooooh... That's it! Stroke my hectocotylus, baby!
 
2014-02-20 01:53:06 PM
your pet store does carry octopus food. it's called other fish
 
2014-02-20 01:53:49 PM
Probably not. They'd make cool pets; but, you'd need to put bricks on the tank lid.
 
2014-02-20 01:53:52 PM
You might think so, but they're smart and they have eight whirling legs sharp beaks.  One minute you're taking a pleasant stroll through the park.  The next, you're flat on your butt with two black eyes, a face full of ink and frayed leash in your hand, wondering why you got out of bed that morning.
 
2014-02-20 01:53:54 PM
They make for a middling episode of Kenny vs Spenny.
 
2014-02-20 01:54:09 PM
I had one years ago. Lots of extra work. Especially designing the tank to avoid escapes.

The supplier I used (this was in the 80's) once showed me an amazing video. He was losing fish. They were just disappearing. A camera he set up showed an octopus leaving a huge tank he was in, plopping to the floor, getting into another tank and having his "dinner", then going back to his origional tank. Just amazing.
 
2014-02-20 01:54:41 PM

Lando Lincoln: No. They don't live very long. And they really know how to escape from tanks.


I talked to an aquarium keeper who said their octopus would climb out of his tank at night and eat his neighbors.

They solved it by putting Astroturf around his tank. Apparently they hate Astroturf.
 
2014-02-20 01:55:23 PM
They make pretty good dads.

/not obscure
 
2014-02-20 01:55:34 PM

Kanemano: your pet store does carry octopus food. it's called other fish


No wonder so much of Fark can't get laid.  The octopi are eating all the other fish in the sea
 
2014-02-20 01:55:37 PM
Who's that man with the three piece suit?
Makin' a doll with a log and fruit
Who's that man with the eight strong legs?
Tried to make me breakfast but he broke my eggs
 
2014-02-20 01:58:54 PM
No,

They don't.

Best case under perfect conditions, they only live 2 years.
 
2014-02-20 01:59:04 PM
The fisherman's wife most certainly approves.
 
2014-02-20 02:00:29 PM

dryknife: Cuttlefish are more cuddly.


I want some. They're like little Lovecraftian puppies.
 
2014-02-20 02:00:40 PM
Depends if you're into that sort of thing and by that I mean tentacle porn.
 
2014-02-20 02:02:09 PM
Nope, but they do make good calamari! I know people would have a problem with eating their pets after they die, but come on, this is the 21st century, folks!
 
2014-02-20 02:02:22 PM
I have one I use to refill my fountain pen.

Neither of us likes the process.
 
2014-02-20 02:02:55 PM
Octopodes.

Or if you like, octopuses
 
2014-02-20 02:03:06 PM
Meanwhile, in Japan....
 
2014-02-20 02:03:13 PM

kidsizedcoffin: Who's that man with the three piece suit?
Makin' a doll with a log and fruit
Who's that man with the eight strong legs?
Tried to make me breakfast but he broke my eggs


Great, now I'm singing it.
 
2014-02-20 02:04:41 PM

AFJuvat1: No,

They don't.

Best case under perfect conditions, they only live 2 years.


That's why, even though I dive all the time and have the opportunity, I would never take one home as a pet.  I just grab a rock and club 'em to death right there in the ocean.  The funny part is when you get in a real solid whack right on top of the head, they're legs shoot straight out in all eight directions and they make a loud "DING!" sound just like one of those hammer swinging games at the carnival.
 
2014-02-20 02:05:40 PM
Can I bring it on a plane as an assistance octopus?
 
2014-02-20 02:07:16 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-20 02:09:45 PM
The Giant Pacific variety will douse you with water if it takes a dislike to you, and they've been known to single out particular individuals for this treatment.  Or maybe it's just octopus humor.  My guess is you're not thinking of one of those for pet material though--they're pretty hefty.
 
2014-02-20 02:11:14 PM
'Pandora' - the large female octopus @ the Nat'l Zoo just died at age 5:
http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/02/13/National-Zoos-longest-living-giant - octopus-dies/4701392318183/
 
2014-02-20 02:14:09 PM
Does an octopus make a good pet?

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2014-02-20 02:14:41 PM
It really is a shame how short their lives are, given how intelligent they are. They don't ship well either. I've heard survival rates of around one in twenty using the same method that most tropical fish are shipped. One of my local shops had blue ring octopus in once. About the size of a thumb, supposed to be poisonous (venomous?) enough to kill a person with one bite.
 
2014-02-20 02:14:51 PM
Bela thought so.
media.screened.com
/much to his regret
 
2014-02-20 02:14:56 PM
Fark, you disappoint me.  Now, I gotta go fetch the NOPE, NOPE, NOPE gif.
 
2014-02-20 02:15:38 PM
I'm coming to the conclusion I need to stop eating them - they're so damn smart, it's almost  like eating a sentient being.....
 
2014-02-20 02:15:43 PM
Despite being called an octopus on a couple first dates I really have no clue on this subject.
 
2014-02-20 02:16:30 PM
Ian Flemming says "no".
 
2014-02-20 02:16:39 PM

BetterMetalSnake: I have one I use to refill my fountain pen.

Neither of us likes the process.


I had an inkling that it would be onerous...

/seriously, thanks for the luls - I actually lol'd so now you've joined my fav list :)
 
2014-02-20 02:19:19 PM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: You might think so, but they're smart and they have eight whirling legs sharp beaks.  One minute you're taking a pleasant stroll through the park.  The next, you're flat on your butt with two black eyes, a face full of ink and frayed leash in your hand, wondering why you got out of bed that morning.


YOU

You need to come here and explain to the person in the office next to me why I laughed so hard I almost choked.
 
2014-02-20 02:20:15 PM
Ghastly is distraught.
 
2014-02-20 02:22:25 PM
Sure, until they learn to hack the electronic lock on their aquarium, steal your car keys and wallet and go on a beer run.
 
2014-02-20 02:27:32 PM
According to some anime, they make good lovers.
 
2014-02-20 02:30:26 PM
This reminds me of a news report given by the crack Eyewitness News team of Channel 10 WCAU Philadelphia one extremely slow news day.  The station was the lowest rated of the local broadcast stations and the reporting team had been the subject of a number of turnovers in personnel.  The news anchor this night was a pompous clown generally regarded as the dullest blade in the cutlery drawer.  He had turned over to a field reporter who was doing a remote report from the Camden Aquarium and the final shot had the reporter framed by an aquarium tank.  As he was wrapping up his report an octopus moves up to the aquarium glass as if it thought it could capture the reporter with one extremely long tentacles.  The reporter turned the broadcast back to the anchor, who turned to the weather girl sitting next to him and said: "Wow, did you see the size of that octopus's testicles?  They were huge."
 
2014-02-20 02:31:22 PM
First thing I thought of:

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2014-02-20 02:33:19 PM
I'm going to go with no. They're extremely high maintenance and probably smarter than the person that bought them.
 
2014-02-20 02:33:59 PM
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2014-02-20 02:35:01 PM
 
2014-02-20 02:36:33 PM

BetterMetalSnake: I have one I use to refill my fountain pen.

Neither of us likes the process.


Nice.
 
2014-02-20 02:36:40 PM
marinebio.org

Great pets. And they love to cuddle with you. That burning sensation spreading through your body? That's love.
 
2014-02-20 02:37:44 PM
Lio says yes!

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