Southern Sand Octopus

This beautiful creature has an arm span of up to 50 cm. (20 inch) with delicate long arms joined at the base by webbing and studded with small suckers. Like other octopuses it can change its form and petterns on its body quite readily, but it’s usually seen in it’s pale orange or dark red form. Most divers may miss this octopus as it buries itself under the sand during the day, venturing out at night to feed. It sometimes can be seen drawing its body into a long cigar-like shape and walking around. It is usually seen on sandy bottoms or on seagrass beds, down to about 50 meters (165 feet).