I've got a two-fer for you as today's Animal of the Week. Both of these were shot by my business partner, Rebecca, using the video option on her camera, so the quality isn't great. The first is my new octopus I mentioned a few weeks ago. As you can see, he's doing well but is still a bit nervous about being in his new home. He's eating well and seems to be very healthy, especially considering he was moved from January water temperatures to our facility that we keep at about sixty-five degrees. If you're wondering about the lighting, I always keep an octopus' tank lights covered in red plastic tubing to help calm them down. Being mainly nocturnal, they don't like bright lights.
The second video is really something. We were doing a field trip for a visiting class of fourth graders when one of the students called Rebecca over and said that one of our lobsters was dying. Turns out it was in the process of shedding its exoskeleton, which they normally do only at night. Watch the little tail-flick as it leaves the old shell behind. Also, this lobster was found without claws (they lose them in fights with other lobsters). Notice the tiny new claws after the animal molts.