HMSC Visitor Center To Release Octopus

Montgomery Octopus HMSC May 2016Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center will release its octopus into the ocean on Friday so it can find a mate. Montgomery, known for his extroverted, friendly behavior, is starting to show signs of aging. Oregon Sea Grant wants him to have a chance to find a mate and breed. Giant Pacific octopus’ breed only once before they die. When HMSC staff start to notice drastic changes from the resident octopus, such as behavior or feeding changes staff start planning its release back to the wild.

“Montgomery’s time with us at the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center has been educational and entertaining for the staff, volunteers, visitors and web cam viewers from all over the world.” Since their life spans are fairly short at three to five years Oregon Sea Grant is always on the lookout for a new giant Pacific octopus.

“We gladly accept live octopus donations from the fishing community, recreational fishers, tide poolers and beach combers in the area.” Oregon Sea Grant does not have another giant Pacific octopus to put in Montgomery’s place. Instead staff plans to move the female wolfeel to the exhibit. Scheduled presentations and feedings will continue. The wolfeel is a very engaging animal and seems to enjoy visitors.

Information and photos provided by Oregon Sea Grant