The elusive Hairy Octopus
It is one of the most requested critters here in Lembeh Strait and the holy grail of muck diving fanatics: The extremely rare Hairy Octopus. And it is also exactly what our lovely guests Tom and Susan wanted to see. They have been here at NAD Lembeh already several times and the Hairy Octopus was one of things they still missed. And today we found one: It was one of these special Lembeh moments when Aso suddenly started yelling into his regulator and calling everybody. He pointed at a little thing on a little algae covered rock that just looked like the algae. But it had two eyes, was pulsating and had 8 arms. So one guest after the other started making “aaahh”, “oooohh” and “woooooha” sounds into their regulators (specially tom and susan). This little bugger is about 3 cm in size and is perfectly camouflaged with his hairy body.
Another funny thing were the “AAAaaahs” and “Oooohhs” when everybody showed his pictures around in the resort. We also want to share this little video that shows Mood (one of our repeater guests that comes several times each year … since many years) who really, really wants to see one as he does not yet have a picture of a Hairy Octopus. This is when i showed him the LCD screen of my camera after coming back. Mood missed this dive 😉