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Hairy Octopus in Satonda, Indonesia

:: Friday, June 8th, 2007 @ 9:57:36 pm

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Hairy octopus. Less than 1 inch long, and apparently, extremely rare! Satonda, Indonesia.

While at a sandy dive site at Satonda, Indonesia, boat manager and dive guide Kerri found a small, hairy octopus, which was no more than 2cm long.

Last night, Stephen Wong, Takako Uno, Paul Ng, Lena Goh, and two local photographers (Adam and Bonnie) came to visit Dave and me at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Hong Kong (we all crammed into our room, ordered room service, and drank beer until after 3am). I happened to mention that we saw a hairy octopus during our time in Indonesia, and Stephen, Takako, Adam, and Bonnie basically started to freak out.

“The small, purple one?!” they asked, excitedly.

I knew that these little guys were rare, but I didn’t know they were that rare. Stephen even implied that he thought it might be the most rare octopus around (at least, in his experience). Does anyone know if these octopi have been described? Online sources seem to imply that they have not (although, I am currently on a really slow connection, and it is hard to do thorough research).

UPDATE: There’s a photo of us online. :)

| Hong Kong | link | trackback | Jun 8, 2007 21:57:36
  • fred

    wow! that is awesome.

  • Jett Britnell

    Hey Eric,

    Have never seen or heard of this hairy purple octopus before. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing that one.

    All the best, Jett

  • jamesw

    Hi Eric,

    I sent a link to this post to Dr. James Wood – we’ll see.

    Cheers James

  • Mike Oelrich

    Hi Eric,

    Not sure about your other questions, but when I dove Lembeh a couple years ago, the guide found a hairy octopus for us. More orangish than yours but certainly no bigger — thought he’d lost his mind and was pointing me to some algae until he wrote is on his slate. Once I get home I’ll follow up with a link to a shot or two.

    Mike

  • http://www.diving4images.com Graham

    Hey Eric, Wow this looks like one I saw very recently, though you obviously managed to take a great shot, while the shot I took is not as easy to see as yours. I’ve personally only ever seen 3 of these little hairy critters in my life… I’m sure hoping to see more in the future, usually once you’ve seen a critter once it’s easier to find more of them in the right environment that is, says the optimist in me anyway! Cheers Graham

  • http://www.diving4images.com Graham

    Eric, Oops forgot to say — as far as I know all these hairy octopus species are as yet unidentified! Graham

  • Mike Oelrich

    As promised:

    http://mikeoelrich.net/Various/Hairy_Octopus2 (small).jpg

    Mike

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Mike – image not found. Doh. I see it now. here’s the URL formatted so you can just click on it. spaces in URIs = bad!

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