ID Help - Larval Octopus from Southeast Florida, USA

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  1. Linda I

    Linda I Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi, I know this is difficult, but can anyone provide an ID for this larval octopus? It was found during a black water dive in the gulf stream off the coast of southeast Florida. Thanks for any help you can provide.
     

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    cool pics! how did you snap those? I tried a reverse image search, no real luck... hopefully we'll get some expert insights...
     
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    Linda I Larval Mass Registered

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    We are doing SCUBA night dives in the gulf stream so I photographed the octopus in the water, in its natural environment. I use a Nikon D-500 camera in a Nauticam housing.
     
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    Way out of my league here (I CAN say it is not O. briareus :grin) but I will guess this is a squid and not an octopus because it looks like the mantle is not dorsally attached and there are more colors than we usually see on octo hatchlings. However, I do not see any sign of a fin and would expect one if it is a squid.

    After looking at tons of images, I think it is indeed an octopus and not a squid. The most common would be O. vulgaris but I am no sure how you would go about IDing the species.

    @GPO87 @Tintenfisch ?
     
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    Linda I Larval Mass Registered

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    Thanks, I was pretty sure it was an octopus. There were also a lot of small squid in the water at the same time, but the look and behavior was different. The octo was shorter and fatter, with the tentacles curled around the body. The squid were longer and narrow, with the tentacles extended to the front, also moving around very quickly. Thanks for "looking at tons of images" and trying to come up with an ID>
     
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    Way out of my league too I'm afraid! But those photo's are so good! :) What a cute little guy!
     

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