HUNTING NIGHT OCTOPUS

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR - Runner-up

RED-SPOT NIGHT OCTOPUS, OCTOPUS DIERYTHRAEUS

On a night snorkel in the Whitsundays, I witnessed a range of cephalopods taking advantage of the cover of darkness, such as this red-spot night octopus. This particular individual was hovering above the reef trying to catch shrimp using a range of amazing hunting displays as seen in this image.

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Canon s95 (with FIX underwater housing), UWL04 fisheye wet lens, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO 160, 2 x Sea&Sea YSD1 strobes, handheld

by Johnny Gaskell, Victoria