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Octopus 101 | Gardens?

December 6, 2019

Hi everyone, I’m Candace Reid-Rose. I take care of our giant Pacific octopus at Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you’re here, you’re probably wondering, what is an octopus’s garden? [Laughs] [Opening Title: Octopus 101 | Gardens] Octopuses do have gardens. They will find things that they really like– maybe there’s a really shiny
shell that they like–and they’ll just stick it in their den. Or maybe it’s
something that they just want to have in there to help keep them protected from
predators. The females will lay their eggs inside of their den, and then they’ll
watch over them for the duration of the rest of their life until the eggs hatch.
So that’s what an octopus’s garden is! Thanks for watching this video about
giant Pacific octopuses. Be sure to subscribe to our page for more information on giant Pacific octopuses and the other animals we have here at the
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  • Reply R. knudson June 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I thought it was called octopi, in plural?

  • Reply Catherine Breitfeller June 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    He really like you !! ❤️❤️

  • Reply Robert Kinholt June 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Your video's need to be longer, just get tuned in on him and what's going on, and, until later. He's really amazing to watch, still wanted to know is his eye ok?

  • Reply G1 Smokescreen June 21, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I forgot. What hunts Octopuses?

  • Reply Bev1946 June 21, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade
    He'd let us in, knows where we've been
    In his octopus' garden in the shade
    I'd ask my friends to come and see
    An octopus' garden with me
    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade.
    We would be warm below the storm
    In our little hideaway beneath the waves
    Resting our head on the sea bed
    In an octopus' garden near a cave
    We would sing and dance around
    Because we know we can't be found
    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade
    We would shout and swim about
    The coral that lies beneath the waves
    (Lies beneath the ocean waves)
    Oh what joy for every girl and boy
    Knowing they're happy and they're safe
    (Happy and they're safe)
    We would be so happy you and me
    No one there to tell us what to do
    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden with you.
    Songwriters: Richard Starkey

  • Reply Heth R June 21, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve never seen a baby octopus being born before. How big are they at birth?

  • Reply RedDeadEd June 22, 2018 at 1:53 am

    I want more! Do a live feed of the octopus like you do with the jellyfish!

  • Reply Creepy Stares June 22, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Octopus are awesome. I love it when they decide not to eat you.

  • Reply Raya Zara June 22, 2018 at 3:09 am

    He’s like a little kid that really wants mom’s attention

  • Reply Charlie Giles June 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    In the Ocean, female octopus die after their eggs hatch, right? (I think due to starvation and lack of energy. I'm not quite sure.) But is it the same in captivity? Do they die too after their eggs hatch?

  • Reply S Omnus June 22, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Those little baby octopuses are so cute! I wasn't really interested in octopuses before but they sure are interesting animals. I can't get over how cute and curious the one featured in the video is.

  • Reply Bev1946 June 24, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I found a great and recent article about the mind of octopuses from Scientific American:

  • Reply kristen barone July 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Does this octopus have an octopus' garden? Do you put things in their tank to see if they are attracted to them (like very shiny shells)?

  • Reply Josephson Ognita November 20, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Incredible Giant Pacific 🐙.

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