Alaska SeaLife Center news

Posted: Monday, November 06, 2000

New feature tank

Phoenix, the 18-pound male octopus that has wowed crowds in the touch tank, decided he wanted more space and launched a campaign to defeat the lid of his aquarium. As a result, he has been relocated to a larger tank downstairs in the South Holding area and is no longer on display. Since the other octopus are too small to put in the touch tank, the tank will be temporarily convery into the feature tank. It will initially become the home to the large basket star, which has not been on display until now.

The red light district

Kasitsna, the 50-pound giant Pacific octopus, has settled into a routine of tending her existing eggs so the privacy curtain has been removed from her habitat. Her habitat is now bathed in a soft red light, this is to simulate the dim lighting conditions of an octopus den. The center staff will monitor the eggs to see if there is any evidence of cell development. The eggs can be viewed at the front left side of Kasitsna's habitat.

Squid status report

Both the Adak squid and the Dutch Harbor squid are now at the center and are being stored for the time being. This week technicians unwrapped the Adak squid and sprayed it with a sugar-water solution to retard any further deterioration. The animal has a 4'5" mantle length.

The Dutch Harbor squid, stored at Seward Fisheries, also was glazed.This animal is bigger and in better condition. The center technicians will re-glaze the specimens again, re-wrap them and return them to storage until a plan for exhibition is put together

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