Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

By Todd Gardner 7 years ago1 Comment


I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY. I don’t know if he would have survived with the schools of hungry Mahi Mahi and Triggerfish hovering just below the weed line, but he is adjusting well in my lab at Suffolk County Community College. He is growing fast and munching on the invasive Japanese Shore Crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus.

Baby Octopus Feeing

Octopus caught in sargassum weed about 20 miles offshore on Long Island, NY


  Invertebrates, Science, Too Cute

 Todd Gardner

  (71 articles)

Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.

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