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Octopus ID request

Karina

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Hello,

Last year I went diving just off of Catalina Island, CA, USA. I saw my first octopuses (2) and wanted to see if anyone could help me identify them, from the limited pictures I was able to take. The color seemed to be a purple/gray with blue eyes (but sometimes color isn't the best indicator when it is a color-changing animal) and the size was roughly the same as a domestic cat. Sorry for the horrific comparison. They were roughly at 55' ft. depth. Thank you.

K
 

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Taollan

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It is almost definitely an Octopus bimaculoides or Octopus bimaculatus, the two different species of California two-spot octopuses (you can faintly see the eye-spot on the first picture). I can't differentiate between those two species from these pictures.
 

DWhatley

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Try a search (upper right). Use bimaculoides as the search word, CHECK Search titles, UNCHECK search this forum if it is displayed. This will give you a list of our jounaled bimacs with photos.
 

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