Octopus goes on display in Pittsburgh

Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium said its 10-month-old Great Pacific octopus is now on display to the public.

Zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said Sea Monster the 12-pound octopus was brought to the facility in June after being rescued by biologists at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Eric Kellar, a life-support systems aquarist who takes care of Sea Monster, said keepers have to provide constant mental stimulation for Sea Monster, as the intelligent cephalopod gets bored easily.

"She takes in everything around her, and she recognizes people by what they wear and how they smell," Kellar said. "She needs a lot of enrichment because she will literally go insane if she's just put into an aquarium with nothing to occupy her mind. I started calling her Sea Monster right away because she's quick and raring to go."

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