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Blue Ring Octopus

Hapalochlaena maculosa


This was possibly the coolest thing i saw all summer, stumbled across this guy sunning himself in some rockpools, after he posed for photos he swam off in to a hole! The world's most venomous marine animals! blue rings do mean danger!

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35 Comments (1–25)

jadelynthegreat 4 years ago

Gorgeous! But so dangerous... A cool page on blue ringed octopuses

Adrián Encontrado
Adrián Encontrado 5 years ago

super beautiful colors

NatasciaGiulivi 5 years ago

beautiful but dangerous!

KrantiAzad 5 years ago

great !!

drP 5 years ago

Wow! Fantastic spotting!

PalomadelaVega 6 years ago

my favorite octopus!

Jellyfishnebula 6 years ago


AdamBT 6 years ago

Cool shot - very impressive!

OnengDyah 6 years ago

Wouw..amazing species...

Seema 6 years ago

Stunning pattern and color....

moralcoral 7 years ago

Oh and thanks nigel.brennan for that extra info!!

moralcoral 7 years ago

Thank guys, i have about 100 photos from when i spotted this and a video so i will try to upload them later =)

Amazing creatures but pretty terrifying knowing what they can do!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Congratulations on a well deserved spotting of the day.

maldrum 7 years ago

Excellent photo, so cool and scary!

Apple 7 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations ! - great photos - so lucky to have spotted this...

mjf20082008 7 years ago


vanhevel 7 years ago

congrats on spotting of the day! great series!

AnnieLopezReyes 7 years ago

Nice... :)

KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations! A real beauty!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Congratulations moralcoral
Wonderful spotting

KatCuff 7 years ago

Congrats! very cool sighting!

Yasser 7 years ago

Congrats this incredible encounter was selected as Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing and if you've uploaded your video to YouTube or Vimeo, you can add it to this spotting!

"Blue-ringed octopuses are found in tide pools in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Australia. They are currently recognized as one of the world's most venomous marine animals."


Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 7 years ago

I photographed one of these while snorkeling. At the time I did not realize the danger involved in being about a foot away from it with a disposable underwater myself. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. : ) This photo, however, is much, much better than the one I took. Great spot.

moralcoral 7 years ago

yep i actually have a video of it swimming and flashing i tried to show this in the second and third pictures! This on was actually semi out of the water when we spotted it! beautiful creatures!!

Sulawesi Tenggara, Indonesia

Lat: -5.43, Long: 123.77

Spotted on Oct 31, 2011
Submitted on Oct 31, 2011

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