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.
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!