I did see 4 octopuses. So many, in fact, that I lost track of which one was where. But no matter, enjoy the pix:
You can easily see the siphon; the eye is a bit harder. Look to the left of the siphon. It's a slit that is kinda reddish. And you can see that there was sand in the water; I was on the deep side.
The natural coloration; the eye has small white lines radiating out from it. I don't think the octopus had really seen me yet.
And this octopus stayed near its red rock. Good identifier. On the deep side, I prayed that the spear fisherman would not spot the octopus that I did.
Octo-face. You can see both eyes.
Same octopus, but slightly different coloration. It, too, was hiding in a hole/den.
Following photo, siphon closed.
On to the frog fish:
It really just stays still. I don't know if they eat at night, but I've only ever seen this one holding this pose. I have heard, in answer to my wonder about why they apparently have holes in their skin, that some people think they are trying to emulate a sponge.
A Manini (Convict Tang) at a cleaning station.
An Abudefduf duo
More cleaning station action, with Manini and Bluefin Trevally
This poor Whitemouth Moray had been chased across the bottom by some fish.
I couldn't really tell what the shell was, but I could tell that it had a dark operculum closing its opening. Protective action. Since it was occupied, I put it back down.
Smallish Humu. See the possible juvenile coloration later in the post.
Juvenile Yellow Tail Coris (and the adult later.)A heavily armored urchin, covered in coral and shells and rocks.
Angry octopus. Dark color.
Palms, clouds and moon.
Pencil urchin. Note the small re-growth in the bottom center of the animal.
Pinktail Durgon showing its spike.
And its yellow fins and pink tail..
You might wonder why I took this: note the tail in the middle of the photo. It belonged to.....
this pretty well hidden Scorpion Fish! This guy never moved a visible muscle while I was photographing it.
Fish ships passing. Christmas Wrasse and Ambon Puffer.A white cone shell, which told me it had been in there for quite a while, since I don't know of any white cone shells. It also looks cemented shut. I didn't pick it up.
This is the possible young Humu. The colors seem a bit muted. I could easily be wrong.
Yellow Tail Coris adult. I am amazed at how many colors they have.
I am also amazed at the wonderful marine creations I get to see. Thanks for reading!
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