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Macrotritopus sp


This was one of my most exciting find in my diving experience, to encounter this very rare Octopus. The body is less than 5 cm in size, with very long tentacles. Its body is translucent with spots of brown in the middle of the body and along its tentacles. When I first saw it, it was floating in the water column near the surface, looking very much like a Squid rather than an Octopus in view of its translucent appearance. It then settled to the sandy/rubble bottom 'searching' for food. When I first saw it, I knew right away it was something very special. It is still an undescribed species of Octopus, but identified to the genus Macrotritopus, a pelagic Octopus.


Saw this in the shallow water of less than 5 meters during a night dive.


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26 Comments (1–25)

triggsturner 7 years ago

Congratulations Albert. Another fantastic sighting and images.

staccyh 7 years ago

Awesome find! :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Fantastic! Congrats, Albert.

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Daniele for the few this one and the few other placings :)

Thanks too, @Mark and @armadeus.4 )

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Wonderful spotting and what a find! Congratulations again Albert! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Fantastic find and spotting. Congratulations Albert.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Albert! This rare little beauty came 2nd in our 2016 Best Photo mission for the category "Others"!


AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @LuisStevens :)

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Albert!

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Wild Things :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Congrats Albert!

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @elmschool19 for your kind words and appreciation :)

elmschool19 7 years ago

This is amazing! You are so lucky that you got to see something so awesome!

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @sunnyjosef, @Pradeep Kumar, @Leuba and @Antonio for your appreciation.

This Spotting was truly special to me :)

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Congrats Albert... Excellent spotting..!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Congratulations beautiful spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Just wonderful ! So pleased for you Albert. Thanks for sharing.

Great series Albert,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Dilan, @Christine Y., @Lisa and PN Rangers.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Congrats AlbertKang!! Nice spotting!!

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Congratulations AlbertKang! This cute little octopus has been selected by our PN Rangers as our Spot of the Week!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 7 years ago

Very beautiful spotting!

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Ashley for the nomination.

Thanks too, @triggsturner and @Polilla.
One of the reason it is not desctibed yet is because, no Taxonomist or Marine Biologists have seen/found them during their dives. They need to collect it for detail taxonomy study before describing it scientifically.
And as this Octopus is very rare and pelagic in nature, there is no definitive location or dive site where one can go to and try to look for them.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Great spotting Albert. Absolutely fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing this. Hopefully this species will be named and described and we can learn more about it.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Mabini, Calabarzon, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on May 27, 2016

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