|Copyright: Jean Loup Castaigne (jloup)
|Date Taken: 2009-11-06|
|Camera: Canon Powershot G10, RAW @ ISO 400|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-11-16 1:57|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Picture taken at -40m (around -120 feet) in November at the dive site named Morgioux. |
From The Cephalopod Page: "Octopus vulgaris, the Common Octopus, is found world wide in tropical and semitropical waters from near shore shallows to as deep as 200 m. O. vulgaris is occasionally active during the day. Dr. Mather reports that they are out hunting during the day 12% of the time in Bermuda. In Cephalopod Behaviour, Hanlon and Messenger (1996) theorize that cephalopods that live in complex environments are especially good at camouflage and have a large repttwar of patterns. O. vulgaris certainly fits this description as they can be incredibly good at matching their surroundings. Finding them can be difficult.Some species of octopuses, like Octopus vulgaris, leave piles of shell and crab carapaces outside their lairs. These discards are called midden and are useful to divers and scientists for several reasons. O. vulgaris are masters of camouflage and it is often easier to search for them by searching for midden piles than looking for the animals themselves."
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A beautiful portrait indeed Jean Loup, almost owl-like eyes staring right ahead and that siphon funnel looking like a beak or a nose, colour reproduction is also very good. As a shell collector, I enjoy visiting midden piles of octopi while snorkeling in shallower waters.