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a Gloomy start to 2012

haggs

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The title is right but all is not as it seems.... I have had many fruitless swims around the usual dens over the last year. Mostly with no sucess, there has been a few encounters with young octopus but on every occasion they have been gone on my return visit and I felt it unworthy of writing about them.

At least today I had my camera with me to take a couple of photos. For those that know where I go ... it was in the "long pool", not in any of the usual dens so I'm expecting (a female, I think) her to move to a different place as it is only a small crevice.

After several minutes of just moving in close and back out, she became used to my movements and when I reached in with my left hand she actually reached out and made contact. Sorry no photo as I had to hold myself down the the other hand.

Guessing by her size she is only a few months old, but if she stay in this pool there will be more photos to come and more reasons for me to keep going back and checking on her growth.
 

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Oh, I hope she stays! I think she is the youngest one you have photographed. Should you get more time with her, you might try a gentle pet between and just below the eyes. For some reason this seems to be an accepted contact point on many species. Even LittleBit would accept an occasional pet there but nowhere else except along her suckers.
 
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Wow, your place is filled with Gloomy Octopi, something really strikes me when I see the octo clinging on top of that shell like Vein Octopus. Is a common behavior? Or is it just because she has a big 'Garden' under her.
 

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Yes ... this is a common practice for most of the occies that I have found around here. Her den is actually in a solid rock wall, the sand is from waves pushing it into the den at high tides. Quite often I will see them pushing or blowing sand back out.
 

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I live in a pretty good place, this afternoon I finished work at 3:30 and was home by 3:45 and down in the water by 4:15. The air temperature was about 28 degrees and the water was about 25 or 26. The seas were quite calm so I was heading for the island, the worst thing about living in a good place is we get a lot of tourist and today there were quiet a few of them enjoying the afternoon at the beach. I headed straight to the long pool with high hopes that she was still there, at first glance .... Noooo, shes moved on and left the den. So a moment later I tried to remove the shell she used as her shield but it pulled back... Yes she was still there. It took a few minutes before she reached out and made contact with my bandaged finger, one arm the a second and finally her third arm and the way it was used I'm even more confident that it is a female. After taking quiet a few photos I broke off another black mussel and crushed the shell to give her easy axcess to a free feed for her efforts.




I left the pool and wandered around and came across the bubble shell and some more nudibranches. I wandered back towards the boat ramp and decided to go and see if the Banded Coral shrimp was still in the same place as I found it on Sunday. It too hadn't moved, I reached in behind the young male and edged him toward the camera. After taking a few photos of it, I gently walked it back into the cave where he hung upside down. I thought I would head home after all I had been down for 1.5 hours already. Another octopus within a metre of the Banded shrimp, I had to try and encourage this one out for a better photo, but no luck with that. This one is considerable bigger from what I could see, this was only the front arms which held the "white rock" which gave it's presence away to start with. Ahhh well there will be another day and another swim towards the end of the week I hope.
 

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Neal suggested showing pictures of us so she will wait and recognize her US admirers :wink:

(if people from NZ are Kiwis and people from AU are aussis what are people from the US now called? I think Yanks is too old a term and anyone from the US South would never expect to be called that :biggrin2:)

Given the year and the common name, I think we should name this one Nibiru
 

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Nice picts. She looks and acts a bit like an O. vulgaris.

She may dig out the sand as she grows and stay a few weeks.
 

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