Can anyone explain this behavior

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  1. Goodwin9

    Goodwin9 Blue Ring Registered

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    Meet my newest octopus, Markus. Markus arrive by air this morning from SWF.com. Can't tell exactly what species he is. He doen't appear to have the eye spot that Clyde has.

    I was watching him move around in his half of the tank when he went after a hermit walking on the bottom. I grabbed the camera and shot what happened afterwards. First reminded me of a dog howling. Have never seen this with my other two octopi, so I am wondering if anyone out there might have seen theirs do similar.

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    main_board Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Haven't a clue about the behaviour. The only thing I can think of in this state is maybe it was using its mantle to pump something somewhere. I dunno, but you've got a beautiful octopus there. Congrats!

    Cheers!
     
  3. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I call that the conehead. I had several that would do that behavior, usually if they were hunting, or if they weren't sure of if I was friend or foe.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Beautiful octopus! Interesting white stripe he has there at the end.

    I've seen other octopuses make the conehead shape, but never move like yours does!

    I'll add Markus (or is it Marcus, like in the video title?) to the List of Our Octopuses! Welcome to Markus!

    Nancy
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    I thought it looked like it could be a camoflauge trick, like he was pretending to be a plant bobbing in the current...
     
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    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I thought he looked like a hermit crab shell pointed upwards.
     

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