The giant Pacific octopus, Tako, at the OdySea aquarium in Arizona is entering its final stage of life
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The beloved giant Pacific octopus named Tako at the OdySea Aquarium is nearing its final stage of life after laying thousands of eggs in its exhibit. The process is known as “senescence,” and experts say it’s a normal phase that can last a few months or even up to a year.
According to the aquarium, Tako has not mated with a male octopus, so her eggs are not fertile.
“Even if they are not fertilized, she will still lay them. She doesn’t know they’re not fertilized, so she’ll take care of them, like an octopus would in the wild,” said Peter Santoro, Animal Care Specialist at OdySea Aquarium.
It is estimated that Tako laid between 50,000 and 75,000 eggs, each the size of a grain of rice.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY OF PRESENCE
Tako’s species is usually found in the North Pacific Ocean, where it is very cold and its habitat is in the depths of the water where there is not much light.
Tako entering his final stage of life is seen as an opportunity to celebrate his life and educate others about his species.
“Because she was so comfortable laying the eggs right there in her exhibit, we decided to keep her on display so people could see her and see that,” said Karin Korpowski-Gallo, director of public relations at the Arizona Boardwalk. “They’re so far down in the ocean, to see this happen…it doesn’t happen to anyone often.”
“It’s a tough time for the team, but at the same time it’s a really good opportunity to educate the public about their life cycle because…it’s very natural and I think it’s important. to deliver that message, and it’s a rare opportunity we’re given right now,” Santoro told ABC15.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
- OdySea Aquarium [9500 E Via De Ventura, Suite A-100]
- Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.