Elderly Athena was the first octopus Montgomery met. Athena has been in the aquarium for years. “Athena was kind and gentle”
The last octopus Montgomery meets in the aquarium is Kali who was nine months-old, or younger. She was very playful, very funny, had a great sense of humor, loved to explore, loved to engage people. Age makes a great impact on the octopuses interactions with humans.
Although the octopuses Montgomery interacted with were friendly there have been encounters with octopuses which lead people to believe that octopuses are dangerous.Octopuses can bite their prey and inject it with poison. Octopuses also powerful suckers for grabbing prey.
Growing up in the wild meant that Octavia had to learn many skills in order to survive. She wasn’t friendly at first until she trusted the people. But once Octavia became comfortable she became very close friends with Montgomery. Their strong friendship lasted till Octavia’s death.