Although I'm not usually a huge fan of night dives after I panic attack I had during one in Papua New Guinea, I do enjoy them when you find octopi out wandering and hunting at night.
This beautifully decorated one is known as a "Coconut Octopus." We found him on a night dive in Lembeh Straits, Indonesia. We are super excited to return to this area in 2019 after we dive in Raja Ampat. These highly intelligent creatures gather various debris and use it as protection. While this one is peeking out of a coconut shell, we've seen them use clam shells or squeeze themselves into glass bottles.
-The body is typically 8cm (3 inches) and arms are 15cm (6 inches)
-They can lay up to 100,000 eggs. We've only seen a newborn octopus once. And, sadly, didn't get a good picture of it.
-They eat small fish, crabs, clams and shrimp