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Blue-ringed Octopus

Scientific Name: Hapalochlaena maculosa

Description: Generally a timid animal, the Blue-ringed Octopus hides in crevices during the day, emerging mainly at night to hunt out crabs. The distinctive blue rings appear when the octopus feels threatened.

Please note: Care should be taken to avoid accidental encounters with this octopus by always watching where hands are going in rockpools.

Type: Cephalopods
Where to find: Intertidal Reefs, Seagrass, Seagrass
Size: 20cm