Intertidal Octo, Monterey, CA

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  1. friendofgum

    friendofgum Larval Mass Registered

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    Hey all,

    My friend found this one in the tide pools up in Monterey, California. He says it flashed red when it was initially disturbed (as seen in the photo), but after calming down a bit it changed to white. Any ideas as to what species it might be?

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    (the octo was, of course, returned to its pool after posing for the picture)
     
  2. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Octopus rubescens. Your friend is lucky. O. rubescens are prone to bite when handled.

    Roy
     
  3. Joe-Ceph

    Joe-Ceph Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    And isn't the bite of this octopus particularly nasty, at least for those that are sensitive to it?
     
  4. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    In the range of a bad bee sting - unless you are allergic to it.

    Roy
     
  5. friendofgum

    friendofgum Larval Mass Registered

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    Yeah, he did get bitten, actually, but he seemed more excited about it than concerned... I'll let him know! Thanks!
     
  6. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I added a link to this thread on our octo bites sticky. It would be nice if you could get a description of the bit from your friend and add it to the thread.
     

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