Possible blanket octopus?

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Recently a video has surfaced on YouTube purporting to be an unknown creature filmed by Thai fisherman.


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To me it looks like it could be a blanket octopus (Tremoctopus violaceus?) based on the markings on the webbing. I figured I’d post it here so anyone with more knowledge could try to identify it.
 

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Hmm, good one! Reminds me very much of this thread:


Incredible read (some photos missing and links broken unfortunately) but the key conclusion is here:

Verdict, Tremoctopus violaceus. It certainly had me scratching my head. Thanks for everyone's input.

With that in mind, I think you're right!

@OB, @Clem, @Steve O'Shea
 
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...it's doing the same "bottle nose" thing that it did in the photos from the other thread - remarkable!
 
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I remember seeing a video about the Penry case a while ago, it’s what introduced me to the blanket octopus in the first place. Thanks for posting the link.
 
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Closed, wrt ID, for sure, but I would not readily suggest decomposition gasses to be present in a live animal. More likely, this surface dwelling behaviour in fully mature females might be connected to mating? The swelling is right where we’d expect the animal’s gonads to be, in the back of the mantle.
 
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That's a good thought, especially considering that neither of the examples particularly look to be in any state of decomposition.
 
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found an old photo on this; I believe this was originally embedded somewhere in the original thread, but some of those old photos were missing from a server crash.

EDIT: APPARENTLY NOT? READ ON.....
 

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