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Q: What’s your favorite animal on display?
A: I keep thinking back to the coconut octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus). Maybe it was seeing them in the field during the Hearst Philippine expedition. They were crawling around and playing with broken bottles in less than ten feet of water. I think I watched them for 20 minutes. Their behavior and interactions are fascinating—they change color, they’re curious and they investigate everything in their environment. That animal really appeals to me.
They’re in the Water Planet exhibit right now. They’re as small as your hand and very active during the day. I’m proud to say, we’re the first institution to display that species.
More about Bart Shepherd
Most Recent Expedition: Bolinao Marine Laboratory, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines Mabini, Batangas, Philippines.
Number of Dives: 250+
Certifications: Open-Water diving, Advanced Open Water diving, Nitrox diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, Prism2 air-diluent, closed-circuit-rebreather diving
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