The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

It's never too late to find love--no matter how many legs you have. J-1, the five-year-old Pacific octopus, got to live a full life when he mated with fellow eight-legger Aurora in his aquarium crib.
"They both were gripping the back wall of the tank. He just about covered her completely," Hocking said.

The two remained intertwined for about eight hours. It's possible that during that time he passed his sperm packet to her, Hocking said. When they separated, J-1 flashed some colors, turning almost white and then dark red.
Ah, romance.

It's good to see J-1 get a little somethin'-somethin' before he kicked off. I can only hope that my old friend the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus turns out as lucky.