The Staxx
OCTOPODS I HAVE KNOWN
The first octopus received at the Brighton Aquarium was caught in a lobster-pot at Eastbourne in October 1872, and great was the joy that reigned in “London-by-the-sea.”  For in the state of public feeling then existing, an aquarium without an octopus was like a plum pudding without plums.  Share-holders might construct a handsome building, and stock its magnificently gigantic tanks with a variety of most interesting fishes, but fashion and public opinion demanded of them a “devil-fish.”  The new octopus became “the rage.”  Visitors jostled each other, and waited their turn to obtain a peep at him — often a tantalizing exercise of patience, for the picturesque rock-work in the tanks provided so many hiding places, that, until these were partially filled with cement, the popular favorite only occasionally condescended to show himself.  

OCTOPODS I HAVE KNOWN

The first octopus received at the Brighton Aquarium was caught in a lobster-pot at Eastbourne in October 1872, and great was the joy that reigned in “London-by-the-sea.”  For in the state of public feeling then existing, an aquarium without an octopus was like a plum pudding without plums.  Share-holders might construct a handsome building, and stock its magnificently gigantic tanks with a variety of most interesting fishes, but fashion and public opinion demanded of them a “devil-fish.”  The new octopus became “the rage.”  Visitors jostled each other, and waited their turn to obtain a peep at him — often a tantalizing exercise of patience, for the picturesque rock-work in the tanks provided so many hiding places, that, until these were partially filled with cement, the popular favorite only occasionally condescended to show himself.  

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