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Meet Joan, the new Central Coast Aquarium octopus

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The Central Coast Aquarium has a new resident - a giant pacific octopus.

Joan, as the aquarium staff have named her, came to the aquarium after a fisherman found her caught in a prawn trap back in October.  When Joan was brought into the Central Coast Aquarium, staff noticed a small injury, however they say she's healing quite well. 

Kate Capela, Aquarium Manager, said scientists know very little about the giant pacific octopus since they are considered elusive.  However, scientists do know the species lives in waters from shallow to deep all around the world, including California's Central Coast. To make the species harder to study, giant pacific octopuses also only live 5 years.

The aquarium has public feedings for Joan every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, where visitors can watch as aquarium staff release a live prawn into her habitat to encourage natural hunting behavior. 

Visitors may also see Joan show off her changing colors and textures.  Capela says, though, that the ability for Joan to change colors has stumped scientists as giant pacific octopuses... are color blind! 

Capela and the Central Coast Aquarium staff are excited to have the ability for visitors to learn more about her species.  But visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of Joan better stop by soon as the aquarium will only keep Joan for up to a year or until she out grows her current tank.

The Central Coast Aquarium is at 50 San Juan St., Avila Beach 93424.

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