Friday, 29 March 2013

Hairy Octopus

You'll NEVER guess what a Hairy Octopus is! Go on, try!



No! Although Dr. Octopus: The Hippie Years sounds like a great idea to me.

Give up?

It's an octopus! And it's hairy! I bet you're kicking yourself, right?

This little fellow reaches just 2 to 5 cm (an inch or two) long and has been spotted around the coral reefs of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Their whole body is covered in bits of skin to give it the hairy look. Sitting on a rock, it looks like a clump of algae and is easily overlooked.

They're very rare and apparently don't even have a scientific name yet. Also, they're something of a holy grail for divers. A hairy, eight armed holy grail, sitting on a rock, pulsating as it eyes you warily. Sounds unholy to me!

What I really want to see is the hairdressers the Hairy Octopus and the Orangutan Crab go. It's out there somewhere and someone shouldn't rest until they find it! And show me. Meanwhile I'll stay here, resting.
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