un individuo tra le rocce, -5m
The first one of these I've ever seen. My son stepped on one of its arms, then carried it around in a clamshell for awhile, watching it breathe and change from white to red and back again. The first thing we saw this morning, right near the dock.
After 2 weeks of waging war on wattle (Acacia longifolia) and not much Nature Watching, it was wonderful to be back in the moana and within 5 minutes come across a wheke as usual.
Seeing as they are quite common I guess that is why the english name is the common octopus - that would be right @pjd1 ? *LOL*
Orange eyes = the common octopus or Macroctopus maorum
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.