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MissDirected
08-04-2007, 22:17
A few pics of octopus with one or two others thrown in. This guy was a major ham :)

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/butterfly.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/octo24.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/octo22.jpg

MissDirected
08-04-2007, 22:18
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/octo16.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/ocoto8.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/octo2.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l320/MissDirected_2006/20070804%20-%20Gulf/octo6-1.jpg

94GTStang
08-04-2007, 23:14
Nice octopus! I FINALLY got to see not only one, but 4 or five on one night dive in Cozumel Saturday night. Those things are crazy looking/acting!

techgnostic
08-04-2007, 23:24
Simply wow.

Chuthulu lives.

deepdiver47
08-05-2007, 07:54
Nice eyes, he must have really been cornered.

MissDirected
08-05-2007, 10:02
Nice eyes, he must have really been cornered.

No,no. That is not how I take pictures. Actually, I left him for a long while and went and hovered way off to the side. He popped his head up and jut stayed, coming out of his hole even more. I then went off and took pics elsewhere, came back, and he was just "hanging out".:smiley36: Further he was in a wide open area and could have left at anytime.

Know that if you are patient and gentle enough, octopus are quite curious creatures.

ScubaToys Larry
08-05-2007, 10:09
Nice eyes, he must have really been cornered.

I've really never been able to corner an octo. When you have an animal that fast that can squeeze into a 1 inch hole in the coral, cornering is normally not the way you will get a good octo experience. Time, patience, keeping your light not directly on them, wiggling a finger so they want to come "shake hands" with you... that is normally the secret.

By the way - great pictures, and if you haven't posted them in the photo gallery.. Please Do! So others that don't find this thread get a chance to see your friend. Just click on the Photo Gallery link at the top of the page!

MissDirected
08-05-2007, 10:19
By the way - great pictures, and if you haven't posted them in the photo gallery.. Please Do! So others that don't find this thread get a chance to see your friend. Just click on the Photo Gallery link at the top of the page!


I'm skeered :smiley5: Have you seen the talent over there :smiley29:

*Miss heading off to phot gallery* :smiley20:

94GTStang
08-05-2007, 11:23
So that's how you get an octo to play. I would be slightly apprehensive about letting it shake hands with me

MissDirected
08-05-2007, 12:17
So that's how you get an octo to play. I would be slightly apprehensive about letting it shake hands with me

Well if you earn its "trust", if you will, they do become curious themselves :)

So'okay, I put some of my pics over in the photo gallery. I feel like the little girl with mud on her face at the ball :) Anywho Larry, I wanted to post one of a seal that I took a few weeks ago, where would I place that as I see no category for it?

ScubaToys Larry
08-05-2007, 12:20
Oh yea... I've had some by putting the light over to the side so just the "halo" shines on them, laying on the sand in front of the coral and coaxing them out, we've had them play with us for 10 minutes. Crawling around on the divers, swimming from one to another, and once, one of the little critters then crawled down my back between the BC and me! I took off my bc slowly and let him swim back to the coral where I think I saw him laugh at what he put me through!

94GTStang
08-05-2007, 13:15
Oh yea... I've had some by putting the light over to the side so just the "halo" shines on them, laying on the sand in front of the coral and coaxing them out, we've had them play with us for 10 minutes. Crawling around on the divers, swimming from one to another, and once, one of the little critters then crawled down my back between the BC and me! I took off my bc slowly and let him swim back to the coral where I think I saw him laugh at what he put me through!

hahahaha that's amazing! Now I want to go back to the ocean and find some octopus to play with. I would think they would be too scared of us and I didn't want to risk letting them shoot their ink out.

torrey
08-05-2007, 16:02
Nice pictures. By the time I ever get my camera ready to take a shot of one, the rest of the group has already scared them off. I haven't ever seen one with eyes shaped quite like that.

3rdEye
08-06-2007, 13:05
very cool pics...and agree they are curious.

the small one that i encountered during a night snorkel, kind of followed me around for a bit

techgnostic
08-06-2007, 19:16
...one of the little critters then crawled down my back between the BC and me! I took off my bc slowly and let him swim back to the coral where I think I saw him laugh at what he put me through!

Who would have thought in-water donning the BC would have such non-emergency applications. Bravo.

nferra2
08-06-2007, 23:03
Cephalopods are some of the coolest creatures on the planet. It is unfortunate that they have such short lifespans. I can't wait until I encounter one in the wild, I just hope it is not nervous blue ring Octo while diving in the pacific ocean.

letsgodiving
08-08-2007, 23:12
Nice pics. What was the vis like.

WV Diver
08-09-2007, 08:15
Great pics as usual Tracy. There's a Mofer thread here, come by and see us.

quarrydiver
08-13-2007, 23:12
cool pics, thanks for sharing

MissDirected
08-21-2007, 15:07
Great pics as usual Tracy. There's a Mofer thread here, come by and see us.

Hola amigo. Where? I think I killed the where to wear your knife thread :smiley5:

finflippers
08-21-2007, 15:31
Great pictures :smilie40: I only wish mine would ever come out that good :smiley19:

cgvmer
08-21-2007, 15:40
Nice Pics!!!!!