Strange Species Washed Up On Shore

Keith

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I had some pictures emailed to me from a guy named Peter Timpano. He would like some help identifying the animal. He has described it as a squid with octopus-like webbing. I'm no expert, so I thought i'd post the pictures and get everyones opinions. Enjoy.

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Steve O'Shea

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Tremoctopus indeed; there's a rather entertaining (and sometimes embarrassing) thread discussing this beast here (a mystery beast).
 
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Thanks

I apologize for not photographing the two longer arms. It occurred to me after the fact that that might be significant. I guess I wasn't thinking clearly, being in the middle of an air show and the unusual look of the creature. To make things a little worse. I was at one point, being trained as a scientist. So you would think I should know better.

Thank you all for your time helping with identifying this creature. Tremoctopus is the strangest octopus I have seen. In all my years of diving off the coast of Fl. I have never seen anything like this. Wow! In answer to where this picture was taken is Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The date is on the photo.
chrono_war01 asked what the black dot was. If you’re not being sarcastic… it was the eye.
Again, thanks again everybody. I was asking around for 18 mos. Till you ID’d it for me.
 
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skylight

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the reason i said two of the arms were like a squid was 2 of the arms were nearly 6 feet long. in the picture what you cant see is 2 arms go to the sand and then some.
 
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skylight;125393 said:
I apologize for not photographing the two longer arms. It occurred to me after the fact that that might be significant. I guess I wasn't thinking clearly, being in the middle of an air show and the unusual look of the creature. To make things a little worse. I was at one point, being trained as a scientist. So you would think I should know better.

Thank you all for your time helping with identifying this creature. Tremoctopus is the strangest octopus I have seen. In all my years of diving off the coast of Fl. I have never seen anything like this. Wow! In answer to where this picture was taken is Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The date is on the photo.
chrono_war01 asked what the black dot was. If you’re not being sarcastic… it was the eye.
Again, thanks again everybody. I was asking around for 18 mos. Till you ID’d it for me.

Oh no, I wasn't being sarcastic at all. It just never registered to me that the visible parts of the eyes would decrease to literally dots on the photograph and thought they were some other part of ceph-ish anatomy.
 
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