Ask the grumpies: Octopodes

Rumpus asks

You like pictures of octopi. Is there a consideration of buying one? Or is that too expensive, too much work, too cruel, whatever? It creeps me out how well they can camouflage…and that video of one grabbing a shark was freaky. I’m not sure I’d let one in the house, I hear some like to play pranks.

#1:  I do not want to buy one.  They are too smart for me to keep as a pet.  They are escape artists and very curious.  Also, running a saltwater tank is muy expensive and lots of hard work.

#2:  Too much work for me.  Kittehs are about where I’m at.

What do you all think of octopus ownership?

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17 Responses to “Ask the grumpies: Octopodes”

  1. Comrade PhysioProf Says:

    Saltwater tanks are a *massive* f*cken pain in the ass. If I had one, I wouldn’t bother with octopuses, though. I’d get a bunch of those really colorful clown fish and shitte.

  2. Foscavista Says:

    I would want an octopus that could predict sports events (e.g. el Pulpo Paul) or the academy awards.

  3. undinenotofgeneralinterest Says:

    What you and CPP said: salt water tank is too much work, very expensive, and more of a heartache (I would think) if something as awesome as an octopus were to escape and die on your watch. Freshwater tanks already take a goodly chunk of time to keep going strong.

  4. Leah Says:

    I would like to dress my kitteh up as an octopus.

  5. ARC Says:

    I totally want a penguin. Hubby tells me the dogs wouldn’t be down with that. After seeing “March of the Penguins” I’m guessing a penguin could hold his own against our elderly doggies.

    And I love the idea of octopi(?) playing pranks.

  6. Revanche Says:

    I really want an otter. Actually, a lot of otters. For which wish, PiC calls me Veruca Salt. The nerve. Octopi…. well, they seem cool at first but then I get all sucked into watching them and then I start getting creeped out by the thought that they could come heaving out of the tank and grabbing things and adventuring which might be cool for a minute but then it could really all get out of hand.

  7. chacha1 Says:

    I think octopi are muy cool, but I wouldn’t keep something that smart in a cage. DH wants to set up a reef tank as his retirement project and we are thinking more along the lines of those fancy clams. Similar colors, similar molluscitude, but wouldn’t give a person a guilt trip.


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