Saturday, February 23, 2019

So many octopuses, I almost lost count!

Hello! I saw at least 8 octopuses...I say at least because there were two more that I wasn't sure if I'd already seen them. A good problem to have! 

I'll just throw some pix up and you can decide: mostly I can tell if the rocks surrounding the den are the same. But that doesn't work if the octopus moves! Which is what #1 did:
 This photo previous is after it flew around a bit. The one following is when I first saw it. The wrasse on the right was pestering it. (I put up the short video...  )
I should send it to Ellen so she can play it while Twitch is catching his breath. ha.
I really have to hold up the fingers to count the octopus at the beginning of each octopus...that would help keep track.
 He'e in the beginning with rock mover. 

to the left of these words
 He'e with horns
 Nice light.....on its skin and eye

Siphon and bumps

 The eye is in the v of the rocks....

the white is the siphon

See how bumpy their skins can get? Eye is again in the v near the bottom

 Horns again. Eye on the left
 I actually showed an octopus to a couple today...they watched for a few seconds then swam away. How could they?! I decided perhaps they couldn't see it...or didn't care. (!!!!!)

 The siphon below shows what the water looks like after it blows water at me...all the sand gets up in it.
 Tentacles!!!! And it saw me, because it sank down into the den. A REALLY good one, too! I couldn't see any of it, as it was hiding below the rocks.

Oy, I love these animals...the octopuses, that is. 
 Above, a pair of Brighteye Damsel fish.
 Cowry hiding

 Whitemouth Moray taking a look.
 A herd of goats

Hawaiian Green Lion Fish
 And a large Honu swam by
 Juvenile Barred File fish
 Moorish Idol

Needle fish
 Pencil urchins

Young Pinktail Trigger
 Rainbow octopus. Siphon and eye just above
 Devil Scorpion Fish, hiding under an overhang.
 Seal snoozing

Snowflake Moray eel

the white line to the left of these words is the white line on its tail.

 This young Pinktail hid in the hole ..see photo above. I didn't realize they did that too. I mostly see Humu hiding in holes that way. I guess it's a trigger fish thing

In the upper right corner, a very small Rock Mover wrasse juvenile!

It's on the left in this one

Two urchins, fully laden down with shells and rocks.
Gosh, such a great swim. I am truly thankful for nice water and lots of octopuses!

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