Hapalochlaena lunulata - Agressive behaivor - swimming

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    On multiple occasions I have been next to this octopus when it swims off the reef and follows near your side. It diplays a threating posture, as in the photograph. The tiny golf ball sized octopus tries to intimidate and warn you off with intense color changes and strange arm positioning-
    Its not the sharpest image, but it was my goal to get this behaivor shot -
    - Blue rings become more intense when it is aggrevated. Extremely venomous, can be fatal to human!

    Location: Kadena steps : Okinawa-jp
    Depth: 25 feet on coral
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    1. PaparazSea.com 61 months ago | reply

      awesome shot, great capture!

    2. PaparazSea.com 61 months ago | reply

      yes this is so true :) it does swim to your side

    3. Okinawa Nature Photography 61 months ago | reply

      Jun V Lao glad you have experienced it also- they are tough little creatures-

    4. mellting 61 months ago | reply

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    5. blueeyes_inoki 61 months ago | reply

      That's a great shot Shawn!

    6. Tarzana99 61 months ago | reply

      Magical shot!

    7. OkinawaBob 61 months ago | reply

      Terrific shot . . . I've never seen one free-swimming.

    8. Chris In Okinawa 61 months ago | reply


      I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
      National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

    9. ukreal1 61 months ago | reply

      scary but cool! and a great capture!

    10. RCG Maru 61 months ago | reply

      Very good - love it.

    11. RCG Maru 61 months ago | reply

      It IS the sharpest image!

    12. Kleine Cos 61 months ago | reply

      great behavior shot, never seen it. thanks!

    13. Ryukyu Mike 60 months ago | reply

      Way to go Shawn !

    14. umijin 59 months ago | reply

      I meant to comment on this - not sure why it didn't happen. I didn't see these when I lived in Okinawa from 2001-2003. And I looked frequently in their habitats. I've seen small cuttlefish that look sort of like leaves, but never blue rings. I assumed it had to do with the poor condition of the shallow water reefs.

      When I visited Okinawa in 1996 and 1998, we did see them I think. There was also a student that was night lighting for jellyfish from Sesoko Bridge in Motobu - she often would get their late stage larvae - which would metamorphose in the aquarium. Very pretty.

      Great shot, regardless!

    15. Okinawa Nature Photography 59 months ago | reply

      umijin Thanks -They are rare in okinawa- I have been diving here since 92 and only found 8 diving and 3 reefwalking -

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