new octopus 2011

haggs

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Well I‘m back in the water…. we have had a lot of rain and strong wind most of the last month but yesterday the tide was right and the weather was beautiful. So it was off to the Island to see “what” was around. I went to the usual “dens” and sure enough there was a new octopus in residence. Guessing by the arm length (7.5cm not stretched out) it’s a few months old.
Moving the camera in slowly I took a couple of pics from that distance so it would be a little used to the camera flash (which is on a low level to avoid frightening it). After a couple of shots like that I turn the flash up so that the pics are viewable. Over the next 20 minutes I managed to get it to reach out and touch my fingers. I then fed it a periwinkle before leaving it in peace.
 

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The next day I went back, but it wasn’t in the same den. I searched for about 10 minutes but no sign of it …… as I turned to get out of the water I noticed a bit of movement near my foot. YES … it’s still here. Another 20 minutes of photos and a little bit of video, I fed it a bit of mussel that I picked up from another rock pool and then left.
 

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haggs

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The next day I couldn’t get back, so that brings me to yesterday. Same rock pool …. but no sign of life. I searched for half an hour. I had given up and decided to look for a couple of oyster type shells for one of my silver projects. I found 3 in a little pile and I thought that was too many to have just died and fallen there. Yup, right down under the ledge was the octopus. It looks to be the same one and it didn’t seem too worried when I reached in and touched it’s body. Several more photos later and another tidbit of food I let it in peace, still not knowing if it’s a male or female.
Maybe next time I will find out.
 

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:biggrin2::biggrin2::biggrin2::biggrin2:

How's the arm? I am sure you are not risking another injury by putting it in crevices that may contain interesting ceph eating critters like in the first photo. I am surprised our new little one is still OK with the moray there but maybe there are easier things to catch.

I am assuming you are NOT in the recent flood plain. We were trying to find out where all the damage was to see if you and Pam were OK.
 

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The arms good now, the day after I got the all good from the hospital, I was back in there for another stint that was for my appendix and thats all good now. The floods are north of us, but we have had our fair share of rain for the year, just over 2.1 mtrs. The seas have come up again over night but I managed to get back there this afternoon for a couple of hours.

No sign of my new friend anywhere.... but I found another one about 80mtrs away. I don't think it would be the same one, although this "new one" didn't have any problems with me gettin up close to her. I'm saying "her" because of the 3rd arm not being curled up at all.
 

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