Friday, May 15, 2015


Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt
Octopus cyanea

Anciently and today, octopus has been a popular food choice.  Ancient Hawaiians were quite skilled at capturing Octopuses, either by attracting them with movements of a lure (constructed of a large cowry shell that was lashed on a hook) or by spearing them.  The Hawaiian name for octopus is He’e.  Hawaiian octopus species are relatively small in comparison to the giant octopus of the Pacific Northwest.  Hawaiian octopuses can reach a maximum size of three feet (90 cm) and weigh 10 pounds (4.5 kg).  They feed on reef crustaceans, mollusks, and fishes.   

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