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Wunderpus hunting and 'pouncing' on a shrimp (You need quicktime to view this video)

The Wunderpus makes an 'umbrella' of the webbing between its arms and uses his arm tips to herd the shrimp into the 'umbrella'. It is difficult to see the shrimp because it is behind the octopus.

If you are interested in keeping cephalopods please read the following:

This animal come to my care from someone who couldn't care for it properly. I happened to have an available aquairum set up for similar animals which is the only reasone I accepted responsibility for the animal. I would not seek one out.

Even experienced ceph keepers with mature tanks should think long and hard before obtaining this species. Their needs are resource intensive, specific, and not yet fully understood. Perhaps more importantly, the size and health of their wild populations is unknown.

Even the sharing of information, photos and video of these animals can be controversial. Some fear that detailed information and attractive photos may encourage inexperienced saltwater aquarists to obtain specimens. Personally, I believe that knowledge should be freely available, rather than hidden from view. I also believe that the admiration of a species can be of benefit to its preservation in the wild rather than its detriment. Furthermore, it is my hope that the information on the site will empower aquarists to make sound, rational decisions regarding the advisability of keeping these very difficult animals.

If you are interested in keeping cephalopods, there are several species that are easily available, better understood and much more inexpensive than wonderpus or flamboyant cuttlefish. Please do some reading on before purchasing any ceph, and look at things to think about before keeping a cephalopod.

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