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Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:16 pm
by Scubie Doo
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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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:41 pm
by RoxnDox
gorgeous critter, Jesse! How big was he?

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:11 pm
by YellowEye
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.

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:15 pm
by Desert Diver
I'm way out of my area of expertise, but doesn't that little beauty have horns? Do Reds have horns?

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:41 pm
by Jan K
Beautiful ...

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

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

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:46 pm
by Scubie Doo
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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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:46 pm
by Scubie Doo
Jan K wrote:Beautiful ...
Thank Jan, much appreciated.


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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:47 pm
by Scubie Doo
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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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:49 pm
by Tangfish
Incredible shots Scubie Doo!

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:00 am
by Scubie Doo
Tangfish wrote:Incredible shots Scubie Doo!
Thank you my friend.


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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:51 am
by dlh
Love these shots!

Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:07 pm
by Scubie Doo
dlh wrote:Love these shots!
Thanks DLH! Much appreciated.


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Re: Pacific Red Octopus - Rare Capture

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:01 am
by Gdog
Awesome shots!