Aquarium of the Bay welcomes new giant Pacific octopus

December 12, 2013 7:28:08 PM PST
The newest resident at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf has something in common with thousands of locals and tourists -- it loves to eat freshly cracked crab this time of year!

Divers helped a giant Pacific octopus get comfortable in its new home at the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39.

A local fisherman found the octopus in his catch of Dungeness crab. The aquarium has an agreement with fishermen to give these critters of the deep a new home.

"It's like their Thanksgiving, it's their big feast," said Aquarium by the Bay curator Melissa Schouest. "Giant Pacific octopus love to feed on Dungeness crab. So unfortunately they become bi-catch in the crab pots because they just see dinner and they climb on in there and start feasting and all of a sudden they get lifted up onto a boat and they go 'oh no!'"

Octopi like this only live about three years. But they can get pretty big during that time.

This one weighs at least 20 pounds, it could eventually reach 60 pounds.

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