Sucker!

The giant Pacific octopus lurked within easy reach in a shallow hole, its large suckers giving away its strange existence.  I reached in to shake hands; first it retreated, then it wrapped its suckers around my fingertips with a firm grasp and began to pull me in.

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Over, Under, and Through (Part Two)

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef – NASA

In part one, our intrepid travellers drove the left lane through New Zealand, and dove with the right gear under its waters.  We were about to take a flight on which there was a muscular, cricket bat wielding passenger over the ocean to Cairns, Australia.  It’s worth mentioning: this was a flight where the alcohol was flowing free and easy.

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Dancing With An Octopus

Enteroctopus Dofleini - Giant Pacific Octopus Photo by Kirt L. Onthank - wikipedia commons
Enteroctopus Dofleini – Giant Pacific Octopus
Photo by Kirt L. Onthank – wikipedia commons

The Pacific Northwest is home to the largest octopus species in the world, enteroctopus dofleini.  These creatures are generally shy and retiring; most of the time you need to diligently search cracks and overhangs to find one and you’ll get but a partial glimpse.   On this particular day I encountered a specimen that was anything but shy.

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