Is this dangerous??

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  1. Obdiah2

    Obdiah2 Larval Mass Registered

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    I found this octopus today - the first I have ever seen. My friend and I picked it up, but I'm wondering if that was stupid. I know there is a dangerous one in Australia (blue ring), but we are in Southern California. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Thank you,

    Jake
     
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    You're right, there are no blue rings in Southern California.

    The octopus could have bitten you, but it didn't and most of the time they don't. You don't know what species this is, but I'd guess it's an O. bimaculoides , a species we commonly keep in our tanks. Their coloring looks quite different out of the water.

    It's not a good idea to pick up any species you can't identify. If you get bitten, you could have an allergic reaction (like people can with bee stings) or you might get an infection salt water getting in the wound.

    Nancy
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    There's a clearly visible eye spot on the octo's sunlit left in pic #2, confirming Nancy's ID. Nice specimen!
     
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    Obdiah2 Larval Mass Registered

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    Thanks guys - It's cool that a place like this exists on the internet where i can get a random ID in 20min. I'll be in touch if I see more.

    -Jake
     
  5. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    That's a monster bimac, too. We should plug this photo onto every thread where someone asks if they can put one in a 30 gallon tank.
     
  6. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    And Ollie was even bigger than that!

    Nancy
     
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    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Awesome! Great pictures too. Where at in Southern Cali is that if I may ask?
     
  8. Obdiah2

    Obdiah2 Larval Mass Registered

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    I was in Palos Verdes near the Portuguese Bend Club. I like to look for snake above that area, but when I can't find any I head down to the tide pools below.

    -Jake
     
  9. Brock Fluharty

    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Couldn't it be an O. bimaculatus?

    That is a huge sucker. Looks fake in the pic where you're holding it.
     
  10. Bob the kracken

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    awwwww... he kinda cute
     

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