octopus id help needed

jonbtr11

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Hello, I wonder if you can help me out
Here is what appears to be mimic octopus i found at 16mtrs in the northern area of the gulf of Aqaba in Egypt. I found it to be imitating a feather star whilst lying on the sand. As i approached it started to move its arms as up into a curved position. it then started to disappear into a small hole / burrow in the sand. there have been a few other sightings in two other areas, all on sandy areas near to sea grass. The one i saw had an approximate arm span of 35cm, with a small head comparatively. The other sightings seem to all be smaller. All sightings have been on day dives as night diving is not allowed in this area.
Is this the same species as the Indonesian mimic octopus or a new one?
thanks for your time
john butler
 

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Nancy

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Hi and welcome to the site! :welcome:

We do have people as Tonmo members who have studied mimic and wunderpus octopuses, so you should get some interesting replies.

Nancy
 
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I have so far sent the pics and info to a few different sites but so far no news back. I go back to the same spot every other day but i haven't seen it again. ill keep trying and report my findings!

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She is an expert on octopuses and has particular interest in the species in Indonesia. I believe she is still on a dive/discovery trip :mrgreen: I am hoping she will see the post (I PMed her as well)
 
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Roy could probably help as well, but he may be on the same dive trip; at least, I haven't seen him post recently...
 
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jonbtr11

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Thats exactly what i thought! so u can imagine my surprise and excitement when i had one sitting in front of me.
Ive been out looking again and have found what i think is the burrow openings. its just a case of going back and checking with my camera everyday.
Ive been trying to find more info about them being documented but there seems to be nothing.
who do i report it to for documentation?
 
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If we can get Roy or Chrissy out of the water, they will be able to direct you and help establish the sighting. I am sure this will be of interest when they are aware of your post.
 
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