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Octopus

So, finally! After nearly 30 years of diving I have seen my first ever Octopus in UK waters :) And what a beautiful creature it is too – and I can positively ID it as a Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) because they have two rows of suckers along each tentacle.

 

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) close up
Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) close up

I was on a shore dive at Shoalstone, having lost all my buddies obviously (!), and was shooting macro at the time. It took me quite a while to realise what I was actually looking at, and I instantly backed away to re-work my camera so I could take a few shots in the low vis.

 

Their ability to change colour, as well as shape really is a marvel, and to see it happening infront of you is a real treat.

 

I wasn’t able to see if there was a nest around because it decided to walk off and I don’t like to follow/harass my subjects. Using powerful strobes is probably strange enough for the poor creature!

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)