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Name this octopus please

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by WinfieldNC, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    I came across this octopus off the coast of NC last week. We were on a wreck (the John D. Gill) 25 miles offshore in approximately 85 feet of water. @Steve_C pointed out that it may not be the Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). The false eye spots are very pronounced. From what I see from a little Googling the Two-spot octopus is only on the west coast. Any thoughts? Please see pictures and video below.



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  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I'd call it Molly.
     
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  3. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    It’s a boy.
     
  4. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

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    Ollie, Ollie
     
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  5. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I wouldn't assume a gender. A boy named Sue?
     
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  6. Must_dash

    Must_dash Angel Fish

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    Said Jonny Cash
     
  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Such a vulgar name.
     
  8. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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  9. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes PADI Pro

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    How large was the octopus? While there is indeed a Pacific species called Two-Spot, there is also an Atlantic species, Octopus filosusi, commonly referred to as the Caribbean Two-Spot Octopus. O. filosusi does not usually appear much farther north than Florida, but while they are very intelligent animals, there are individuals with a poor sense of direction, or perhaps a bit of wander lust. Molly though is a fine name.
     
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  10. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    A little larger than a softball.
     

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