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So great to start exploring a completely different part of Otaipango (at least 1km away from where I usually go) and still find a wheke :) This one was cruising around in the shallow sub tidal of a side gut and lurking in the seaweed, instead of under rocks as the others do at the main part.
Due to the orange eyes this is the common octopus.
On beach this morning. Photo taken by Jeremy Warden.
Two specimens washed up on beach (within strandline). I have not seen Argonauta at this location before.
Well, based on some searching about, this is my best guess for the squid identity. If anybody's good at blurry squid identification, I'd be really interested to know if this is what this guillemot's got.
Fairly big! Washed up and being eaten by snails and gulls.
A cephalopod is any member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda (Greek plural κεφαλόποδα (kephalópoda); "head-feet"). These exclusively marine animals are characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms or tentacles (muscular hydrostats) modified from the primitive molluscan foot. Fishermen sometimes call them inkfish, referring to their common ability to squirt ink. The study of cephalopods is a branch of malacology known as teuthology.