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Southern Blue Ringed Octopus

Hapalochlaena maculosa


A young southern blue ringed octopus that dropped out of a shell that I had picked up off the beach and onto my foot. A neat but scary experience. This specimen was about 13 cm long from mantle to tip of tentacles.


A shell on a beach off of long reef.


I quickly picked the octopus up with a flipper and carried it onto our boat. I then, once we were far enough offshore, gently let him back into the water and he swam out to the reef.

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thrownshuriken 6 years ago

yeah, you bet! XD it was both scary and a cool experience.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow!! That must have got the heart rate up. :-)

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Spotted on Jan 6, 2014
Submitted on Jan 7, 2014

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