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Octopus Fight - Reef Life of the Andaman - Part 25

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  • 8 years ago
Octopus fight. Part 25 of my DVD, "Reef Life of the Andaman", available at http://www.bubblevision.com/marine-life-DVD.htm or view the whole 2-hour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ncUVddkK3Q

In this video we encounter a day octopus, Octopus cyanea, attacking another that he unearths from the sea bed at Western Rocky Island in the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar). It's hard to be sure whether the ensuing fight represents a territorial dispute between the two octopuses, or the aggressive mating behaviour of a determined male in pursuit of a female. If you have an opinion either way, please leave a comment.

At Richelieu Rock, north of the Similan Islands in Thailand, we see an adult domino damsel, Dascyllus trimaculatus, biting a day octopus. At first it might appear that the damselfish is feeding on the flesh of the octopus, but it is far more likely that the damsel is aggressively defending its nest.

Besides "day octopus", Octopus cyanea is also known commonly known as the "big blue octopus", "Cyane's octopus", and "common reef octopus".

After the scuba divers surface, we witness a small pod of rough-toothed dolphins, Steno bredanensis, cruising in the dive boat's bow wave in Phang Nga Bay.

The following closed captions/subtitles are available by clicking the CC button under the video:

- English
- German (Deutscher Kommentar)
- Spanish (Narración en Español)

- Dutch (Nederlandse Namen)
- English
- German (Deutsche Bezeichnungen)
- Thai ( ชื่อภาษาไทย & จุดดำน้ำ )

Please get in touch with me if you would like to help translate the narration or marine life names into other languages.

I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at:

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The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony VX2000 DV camera in a Gates housing. It was edited in Sony Vegas Pro then deinterlaced with QTGMC and upscaled to 720p HD in AviSynth.

Thanks to Rob Royle for the final clip of the octopus retreating after the fight.

Thanks to Absorb Fish (http://www.soundcloud.com/absorb-fish) for the music track, "Bird's Song (Edit)".

Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort and Daniel Bruehwiler for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.

Full list of marine life and dive sites featured in this video:

00:00 Day Octopus, Octopus cyanea, Western Rocky Island
01:24 Day Octopus, Octopus cyanea, and domino damsel, Dascyllus trimaculatus, Richelieu Rock
02:48 Rough-Toothed Dolphins, Steno bredanensis, Phang Nga Bay
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