Is this dangerous??

Obdiah2

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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.







Thank you,

Jake
 

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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
 

OB

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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!
 

Obdiah2

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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