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Juvenile Octopus vulgaris foraged by chemotactile exploration, mainly in crevices and under rocks. They caught small crustaceans and molluscs, including Lima bivalves, and preferred crabs and Lima in a simple laboratory choice test. Octopuses consumed 30% of their prey away from home, and small remains of prey deposited in the midden were selectively removed by waves and currents resulting in an underestimate of the octopus' intake and diet.