This octopus appeared to be walking on its "knuckles" toward me. An octopus is a very shy animal, but also curious, and extremely intelligent. They usually see you long before you see them. In fact, most of the time when I saw one in the daytime, it was when one was peeking over a rock, stretching out its body with its eyes looking out from behind a rock or coral head. When cornered, they have a remarkable ability to squeeze through the smallest of openings. This one stood about a foot tall as shown here, but could probably squeeze through an opening the size of a U.S. nickel coin.
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Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2014. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed at http://animaldiversity.org.
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