On a recent night dive Steve had another encounter with an eight-tentacled sea dweller. But instead of the more abundant Common Octopus, this time a Caribbean Reef Octopus (O. briareus) made a rare appearance.
Like many octopi, the Caribbean Reef Octopus is a master of disguise. This intelligent invertebrate has been known to mimic the shape and color of algae or even a coconut. In addition to camouflage, it uses jet propulsion and ink discharge to avoid and deter predators.
Here’s a video, shot by Steve.
Have you seen the Caribbean Reef Octopus? Daytime or night dive?