post of a sort for folks...and kind of a long post to tell the story. Thanks.
A couple weeks ago while tidepooling, I got to see something quite extraordinary. In this video, as I was walking along the rocks, I came across something in a sand patch - a red octopus (Octopus rubescens) tying its best to crawl in the pebbly sand!!!!!! That was crazy!!!! Anyway, pardon the video quality and hope folks can tell what it is. I was beyond thrilled and quite speechless. So, I watched it crawl to under a little lee of a rock. And...I thought I would be helpful (because I thought I made it stop and therefore thought I was cause of any stress to it 🙄) to pick it up and put it in a tidepool a couple feet away. And..........that’s where the action got crazy!!! After gently placing the octopus in the tidepool, it started to swim and I thought things were okay. Well, it swam to this rock and then, BAM! It got into this battle with a couple kelp crabs!! Yeah, most of the pics seem like just one, but if you look closely at a couple of the other shots, it shows the second crab as well trying to take out some arms of the octopus. This crab was taking on these 2 crabs and a third almost got in on the action, but started to battle its reflection from the camera dome (one of the last pics). It was so crazy, these animals locked in this battle. I’m not sure if the octopus was trying to eat one of the crabs (quite the undertaking by the octo based on size comparison between the animals) or if the crabs were defending territory or just their lives. Who knows? After several minutes of the rocky intertidal version of WWE Raw, the octopus did get away (last shot - look toward the bottom left kind of to see it start to slink in a small crack in the rock) and things seem to get back to normal.
Crazy experience and a lot of lessons learned - wow!
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