By Dive Centre Manger, Jim Pickup
There has certainly been some debate about our octopus seen on a night dive here in Nuweiba recently. Because of its shape shifting and behavior I proposed that it may have been a Mimic Octopus, which has been positively identified here in the Gulf of Aqaba previously.
However, eagle-eyed Hilary Elder pointed out that she had taken an actual photo of a mimic octopus when diving with Eco Divers in North Sulawesi
, Indonesia, a couple of years ago. Cary Yanny from Eco Divers says that it's not a Mimic Octopus and in fact may be a Starry Night Octopus. What if I throw a White-spotted Octopus (Octopus macropus) into the debate?
Still talking octopus - here is a photo of a more commonly seen Reef Octopus (Octopus cyaneus) taken a few days ago on our house reef in Nuweiba.
The house reef is still teeming with macro and the more unusual marine creatures such as this Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus sp. below left) and the rather sinister looking Stargazer (Uranoscopus sp. below right).
On the same dive we managed to photograph this critter -very similar to the Marbled Shrimp (Saron marmoratus), but with some obvious differences.
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