Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

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Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:16 pm

Last Thursday for ThThTh I had a rare encounter. I was at the battlefield my my two buddies (gdog and Val) when I saw a tiny Pacific Red Octopus. Over the years I have seen thousands of PR Octos. However, they usually scoot around and when they swim, they jet off and ink. However, this little critter decided to move up into the water column and fan out its tentacles, like a Stubby Squid. It was super brief and I only managed (2) shots before it went back to its normal behavior. Good times :-)

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Post by RoxnDox » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:41 pm

gorgeous critter, Jesse! How big was he?
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Post by YellowEye » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:11 pm

Nice snaps!!
I had a red octo go in the water column once too. In my case the red octo was pinned between a diver, the carousel boat and a GPO on the prowl. To escape he went into the water column and swam away. I got one shot.
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Post by Desert Diver » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:15 pm

I'm way out of my area of expertise, but doesn't that little beauty have horns? Do Reds have horns?

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Post by Jan K » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:41 pm

Beautiful ...

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Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:44 pm

RoxnDox wrote:gorgeous critter, Jesse! How big was he?
It was a really small one. Maybe the size of a quarter.


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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:46 pm

Desert Diver wrote:I'm way out of my area of expertise, but doesn't that little beauty have horns? Do Reds have horns?
Yes they do. The distinctive characteristic are the three little “eye lashes” under the eye. That is a solid way to ID a pacific red.


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Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:46 pm

Jan K wrote:Beautiful ...
Thank Jan, much appreciated.


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Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:47 pm

YellowEye wrote:Nice snaps!!
I had a red octo go in the water column once too. In my case the red octo was pinned between a diver, the carousel boat and a GPO on the prowl. To escape he went into the water column and swam away. I got one shot.
I did see one at Three Tree getting attacked by rock fish. But this one made a display like a stubby, I hadn’t seen that before.


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Post by Tangfish » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:49 pm

Incredible shots Scubie Doo!

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Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:00 am

Tangfish wrote:Incredible shots Scubie Doo!
Thank you my friend.


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Post by dlh » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:51 am

Love these shots!
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Post by Scubie Doo » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:07 pm

dlh wrote:Love these shots!
Thanks DLH! Much appreciated.


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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Post by Gdog » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:01 am

Awesome shots!

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