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Shell museum unveils OctoCam to view resident octopus

By Staff | May 5, 2021

Giant Pacific octopus. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel recently announced the launch of its “OctoCam” — a live-stream view of its newest star attraction, the giant Pacific octopus.

The OctoCam enables viewers to watch the octopus in its aquarium in real-time online at ShellMuseum.org/octocam. Considering the species is generally nocturnal, the stream includes highlight video footage of some active moments in case viewers log in to find it is asleep.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the presenting sponsor of the camera.

“The museum is grateful for The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company’s sponsorship of OctoCam, which is just one of many new educational programs we plan to launch toward our goal of increasing awareness of mollusks and the impact their livelihood plays in healthy ecosystems locally and globally,” museum Executive Director Sam Ankerson said.

On April 29, the company hosted an exclusive virtual presentation for clients and friends to unveil the camera. Museum staff educated viewers on how the octopus eats, plays and lives in its environment.

The company has supported the museum’s mission for more than 20 years.

“We have enjoyed a very long relationship with the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum,” founder and Chairman Al Hanser said. “We are delighted to sponsor the OctoCam, which will be a tremendous educational tool for children and adults alike.”