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scuba divers petting octopuses

JeanR

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Several years ago I read an article in the National Geographic about a lady scuba diver who took tourists on dives where she repeatedly made contact with one particular octopus. Eventually, the octopus came to expect her, and the tourists, and would let them pet him/her.

Does anyone recall this? I'm trying to find out where this took place.

Many thanks.

Jean
 

monty

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:welcome: to TONMO. I'm afraid I don't know about that particular article, but I've heard of GPOs near Seattle that do this. I think Cousteau's book ("Octopus: The Soft Intelligence" or something like that) might have a similar story. It's surprisingly common for octos to interact with divers in various ways, when they feel like being out and about rather than hiding.
 

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