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After #ConanKorea, field producer Jason Chillemi can add a new skill to his resume: octopus wrangler. After Conan saved Samuel the Octopus from becoming a snack, Jason was given the task of nursing Samuel. Jason tells Team Coco what happened to Samuel after the cameras stopped rolling.
We finish filming at the fish market, Samuel's in his bag and we put him in a cooler that we have. It's not a special cooler, it's just filled with drinks and things. But after the fish market we still have other things to shoot, so we gotta go to the next location. And this thing is in the cooler in the darkness. We kept checking on him as the day progresses and there’s not a lot of movement. Samuel is looking grim. So we know we have to do something fast. So as soon as we get back to the hotel, the first order of business is to take Samuel to the COEX Aquarium, which was literally a block away from our hotel. The aquarium staff checked him out, gave him fresh salt water, fed him, put him in a nice tank with the proper temperature. But I said, "I want to take care of this octopus." I mean, we bonded, we had a connection. And it's important that Samuel make it through the night.
When I show up to take care of Samuel, she comes back to me in this:
It's like the cooler where a donor heart would be. I bring it up to my room and it’s got a fun list of instructions. Every hour and a half I have to check the temperature. I don’t have to worry about feeding him, but the temperature is the key. It has to be between 7 and 14 degrees Celsius. Anything hotter or colder: not good. But it’s not like I can just add ice cubes, because it has to be salt water and I can’t dilute the salinity of Samuel’s water. So I had to go to the hotel lobby with four or five water bottles and be like, “can you freeze these for me? I need to get my octopus at a particular temperature.” And the hotel came through.
Everyone was on Team Samuel!
So that night, I literally set my alarm for every hour and a half. I got back to my room after having a drink at about 1:30 in the morning, check the temperature and Samuel’s doing great. So I set the alarm for the first shift at 3 o’clock. Went to bed, got up an hour and a half later, checked Samuel’s temp, and went back to bed. Repeat an hour and a half later at like 5 or so. It got to the point where I was barely sleeping; I just wanted to be sure he was moving.
And by the end, he looked so different. When I first saw him, he was in a bag, fighting for air, near death. But now, he’s alive, he’s moving around, he actually looks like an octopus, it’s amazing. I was literally sending Conan emails in the middle of the night with updates saying, “Samuel is fine!”
I barely slept that night, but that's okay. I became a monster octopus caretaker and Samuel and I grew very close that night. And trust me, if we could’ve taken that octopus home, he’d be in my aquarium tank right now.