Gloomy Octopus and underwater companions

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P1020132             P1010865 Gloomy Octopus                                                            Threadfin Butterflyfish

The water is still warm enough & clear enough to  see plenty of activity around Bar beach,Merimbula,quite a few Gloomy Octopus [Octopus tetricus ]  and many small fish including tropicals.

This dark coloured octopus had one tentacle down a crevice where another octopus was seen ....maybe mating ,the dark colour might be an indication of aggression ,was pale when first spotted ,then he changed colour & made himself look larger....and more like Ecklonia radiata [ common kelp ].Amazing creatures to watch.

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Girdled Parma & White Ear juveniles.

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