Shell museum announces newest addition
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently welcomed a new mollusk to its “Beyond Shells: Living Gallery.” The two-spot octopus, often simply called “bimac,” is native to the eastern Pacific Ocean, including the coast of California. The species can be identified by the circular blue eyespots on each side of its head, behind the eyes. The rest of its coloring is commonly a grayish color with yellow spots. The octopus has the ability to change colors by controlling its skin pigments, which allows it to blend into its surroundings. It can grow up to a 2-foot arm span and lives in holes and crevices in the intertidal area to depths down to 70 feet. It likes to eat mollusks and crustaceans, but will occasionally eat small fish, and generally lives about two years. For more information, visit www.shellmuseum.org. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.