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Mototi Blue Ring Octopus

Octopus mototi


About the size of a golfball. Can change color and texture in order to camouflage itself.


Found this one at Toros Point (Secret Bay), Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. Shallow area, about 15-20 feet. Hiding behind some rubble amidst a patch of soft coral.

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AlbertKang 6 years ago

Your map location is wrong, in your Habitat note, its mentioned found in Anilao, but map location is in Romblon :p

ceherzog 9 years ago

This would be nice in the Spirals in Nature mission!

smutnee80 9 years ago

Awesome shot i love the underwater creatures

shebebusynow 9 years ago

According to, " The venom contains some maculotoxin, a poison more violent than any found on land animals. The nerve conduction is blocked and neuromuscular paralysis is followed by death. The victim might be saved if artificial respiration starts before marked cyanosis and hypotension develops. The blue-ringed octopus is the size of a golf ball but its poison is powerful enough to kill an adult human in minutes. There's no known antidote. The only treatment is hours of heart massage and artificial respiration until the poison has worked its way out of your system."

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


Darwin26 9 years ago

What makes this 'Blue-ring' Octopus poisonous? What kind of toxicity does it carry?

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 9 years ago

Hahaha that's exactly what I was thinking in the second picture, it's a golf-ball-sized creature that's NOT messing around! Great spotting. :)

shebebusynow 9 years ago

Looks like he's displaying "fists", like "ya wanna fight?" while he flashes the blue ring. Great series of photos showing camouflaging color. Can't believe it's that small.

Little Rex
Little Rex 9 years ago

Woah! First impression from seeing this. Great spotting :D

It is as toxic as the normal blue ringed octopus?

MarijkeHoos 9 years ago


SvitlanaKudrenko 9 years ago

Just incredible spotting!

DoinaRussu 9 years ago

Congratulations, Robert! Great spotting!

surekha 9 years ago

Congrats, Robert! Awesome spotting!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

It is indeed a very pretty octopus. Keep posting if you have more underwater sightings in Philippines. Looks like underwater fauna is amazing there :-)

Felicidades por tener el hallazgo (especie) del día....

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Congrats Spotting of the day

peter 9 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"The rare and poisonous Mototi Blue Ring Octopus displays two single blue spots when agitated to warn potential predators."

Palaimon 9 years ago

nice picture!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

The king of camouflage. I have seen them change color on television. It's quick and smart. What is that blue ring on the body?

KarenL 9 years ago

Great shot!
Welcome to Project Noah, Robert!

ceherzog 9 years ago

All I can say is WOW!

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Romblon, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 9, 2010
Submitted on Oct 25, 2011

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