Today is world octopus day! I love these guys, especially when they change colours & textures to match the reef (see video below).
Octopuses are worthy of appreciation for a number of reasons. First of all, they are one of earth’s great survivors. Indeed, despite their relatively short life span, octopus fossils date back more than 300 million years, meaning that they pre-date even dinosaurs. They are also highly intelligent, with around 500 million neurons located in their brains and arms, allowing them to bypass their insticts, learn lessons and solve problems.
In addition, they are visually stunning, coming in various different colours and shapes, while the Giant Pacific Octopus is able to grow to weigh more than 600 pounds!
I meet the one above on the barge wreck in the Red Sea, part of a mating pair (at least I assume mating and not flighting). Here’s the video. Apologies for the quality, I was using a macro lens so I was very far away from them but its interesting footage. The photobombing fish didn’t help 😉
Not sure if wonderpus count but I doubt they get their own day so here is a cheeky chappy I meet in Raja Ampat:
to see some others I’ve meet see the last ‘world octopus day’ post I made here. For more octopus fun check twitter, theres some really cool stuff online today. Don’t forget to add me, I’m scuba_suzy on twitter.