I think most of the Monterey area is marine preserve, so you're not allowed to remove any animals. Of course, if you find an octo, you could still play with it a bit... I thought bimacs don't get that far north, though, although there are o. rubescens and GPOs around. I haven't seen any in tide pools, though. My favorite tide pools are about an hour's drive north of Monterey: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/) -- they have an octo pic on their home page, so that's promising, but I've never found one there (but maybe with tips from marineboy you'd be able to!) But there they definitely don't allow removal of any animals.main_board said:I would be thrilled if you would enlighten me on how you catch bimacs, what habitat to look for, when to go out on the flats, etc. I think at the end of April I'll be in the Monterey area for around a week, and I would love to go tide pool hoping for bimacs. I'll be poking around anyways, but if I needed nets or buckets (well clearly...) or something else for bimacs please let me know. I'm just going to be catching and releasing as well. Very exciting stuff!
PS: Great pics! Keep 'em coming!