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Blue Ring Octopus

Hapalochlaena maculosa

Description:

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
jadelynthegreat 4 years ago

Gorgeous! But so dangerous... http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=403 A cool page on blue ringed octopuses

Adrián Encontrado
Adrián Encontrado 5 years ago

super beautiful colors

NatasciaGiulivi
NatasciaGiulivi 5 years ago

beautiful but dangerous!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 5 years ago

great !!

drP
drP 5 years ago

Wow! Fantastic spotting!

PalomadelaVega
PalomadelaVega 6 years ago

my favorite octopus!

Jellyfishnebula
Jellyfishnebula 6 years ago

Cool!

AdamBT
AdamBT 6 years ago

Cool shot - very impressive!

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 6 years ago

Wouw..amazing species...

Seema
Seema 6 years ago

Stunning pattern and color....

moralcoral
moralcoral 7 years ago

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

moralcoral
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
maldrum 7 years ago

Excellent photo, so cool and scary!

Apple
Apple 7 years ago

Congratulations!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

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

mjf20082008
mjf20082008 7 years ago

AWESOME.

vanhevel
vanhevel 7 years ago

congrats on spotting of the day! great series!

AnnieLopezReyes
AnnieLopezReyes 7 years ago

Nice... :)

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations! A real beauty!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Congratulations moralcoral
Wonderful spotting

KatCuff
KatCuff 7 years ago

Congrats! very cool sighting!

Yasser
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."

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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 camera...by myself. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. : ) This photo, however, is much, much better than the one I took. Great spot.

moralcoral
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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