New Octopus At Hatfield Marine Science Center Keeps Visitors Happy

montgomery HMSC octopusAfter over a year of not having an octopus the Hatfield Marine Science Center now has Montgomery. He has been out of quarantine and out for public display over the last month. The octopus was named after a long time volunteer at Hatfield who recently passed away named Montgomery. So far according to Bill Hanshumaker with Hatfield this octopus is very outgoing and has been a big hit with visitors. He said “The octopus personalities are a lot like cats, each one is different. Some are outgoing while others keep to themselves. Montgomery he said is very outgoing this octopus is a rock star.”

He is already proving a big hit with visitors he’s very gregarious and puts on quite a show at feeding times, which are on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 pm. Hanshumaker added that octopus need to have intellectual stimulation and so they put toys in the tank to keep them entertained. Hatfield is always looking for new octopus as when they reach a certain stage where they reproduce they are released back into the ocean. Fishermen who catch octopus are invited to bring them to the center. Winter hours for the Hatfield Marine Science Center are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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