Along with Giant Pacific Octopus, I got to see Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens) while diving in the Pacific North West. On a dive on Thanksgiving, we had hoped to find some Stubby Squid which had been spotted at this same dive site, so when I first realized these were just baby Red Octos, I was disappointed… but only for a second or two until I remember that octos are super fun too! One of these shots is actually serving as the wallpaper on my phone right now, so I guess it is ok I didn’t see any Stubby Squid on this dive after all.
Oh and for a sense of scale, though it is a bit tough to see, the one in the second shot is climbing over the top of a discarded beer bottle (octos love to use bottles as hiding spots!).