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Octopus Fight

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  • 14 years ago
The new, extended, HD version of this video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH5LseGJ_T4

At Western Rocky Island in Burma's Mergui archipelago an aggressive day octopus (Octopus cyanea) pursues and attacks a competitor (or mate).

These amazing cephalopods star in my DVD "Reef Life of the Andaman" at http://www.bubblevision.com/underwater-videos/reef-life-Andaman.htm

I was diving with http://www.SantanaPhuket.com

Full transcript of the commentary:

"At Western Rocky Island this big red octopus is doing everything it can to appear strong by standing tall and using skin texture and colour.

The octopus suddenly starts digging.

Finally he unearths another octopus from its shelter.

It's difficult to be certain whether this is a territorial dispute between the two cephalopods, or the aggressive mating behaviour of a determined male in pursuit of a female.

The presence of divers momentarily deters the aggressor and he dives for cover, but his instincts soon get the better of him and he takes off in pursuit.

A tussle ensues.

The victim finally escapes."
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