The ocean introduces scuba divers to a plethora of sea creatures and colorful fish. Included in that list is the Blue Ring octopus. As beautiful as it is dangerous, here are some facts about this venomous creature.
"When I see a blue ring flush to a gold like this I know its time to leave them alone," says Mike Bartick.When a blue ring octopus is resting it rarely flashes the blue rings but when it is startled, or hunting, it's quite common. You don’t need to harass them to make them become colorful either. Like all octopuses, they can easily shift colorations with patience.
No larger than a man's thumb, this H matoti reaches out to explore the camera's lens port. Curiosity is a sure sign of intelligence and octopuses are the most intelligent inverts on earth. Fact: Asking "What is this for?” is common amongst all beings; only a few ask “What can I use this for?”Octopus are always looking for things to use, for a den, to play with etc.
"This lovely golf ball-sized octopus crept right at me in full regalia to warn me to choose my next moves very carefully. Then it slipped under the ledge and into a tiny hole," says Mike Bartick. Fact: An octopus can squeeze through any sized opening as long as it can fit its beak through it.
The Midring (Hapalachlaena sp.4) has smaller sized rings along the mantle and arms and are lacking the small line through the eye. The difference is subtle but enough to tell them apart. Each are relatively the same size and can be found on walls and sand at a wide range of depths. Basically, the blue rings can and do roam wherever they want … Fact: This octopus is a new addition found in the Anilao area of the Philippines. The count is now at 3 species of Hapalachlaena for the immediate area