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The common octopus is unique for its appearance alone, with a large bulbous head, eyes, and eight distinctive arms. But the most striking characteristic of the common octopus is the wide array of techniques it uses to avoid or thwart attackers.

The first line of their defence is to hide by camouflaging itself. They achieve this through a network of pigment cells and specialised muscles that enable them to match the colours and patterns of its surroundings, thereby hiding from predators. Our resident octopus is called Kraken.
 

how do i adopt an octopus?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase from the options below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

asian short clawed otters

octopus Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the octopus
  • Your name displayed at Living Coasts for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of the octopus

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tufted puffin

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £52

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • An octopus soft toy*
  • One junior entrance ticket to Living Coasts
  • All packed in a presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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South American fur seal

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £57

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Living Coasts mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Living Coasts
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt an octopus

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £70. sold out

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass penguin specially designed by Teign Valley Glass
  • An adult entrance ticket to Living Coasts
  • All packed in a presentation box

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