With the Introduction of the new Camera, I had noticed that there were certain things that managed to appear with each submersion, and more prominently took the form of Octopus and Cuttlefish. What I mean to say is, I had seen more Octopus and cuttle fish and photographed them with relative ease, moreso than I ever had been able to before. Now I have no idea why, but i’m not going to complain about the newfound abundance in cephalopod subjects to photograph.
After arriving back home from Ibiza I was lucky enough to spot a rarity on a night dive. I’m not sure of the exact species but I’m pretty sure its some sort of benthic octopus, or one that is very small and lives in the sand.
The next couple of encounters with these lovely creatures were more typical one might say. The usual 18 meter dive yielded a somewhat intrusive encounter between myself and two octopus who I think I might’ve disturbed whilst they were in a somewhat intimate interraction. After I signed an apology to what I imagined was the Male of the two, ( I dont know octopus anatomy so well as to serch for his hectocotylus, or arm-penis, plus i’m not a pervert), I setmyself up for the shot.
Like the Octopus, the Cuttlefish is a master of disguise and mimicry, also able to change it’s skin colour and texture in a split second. My encounters with them have usually been very brief, finding myself hovering over them, catching their eye, and before i can whip my camera into action I end up with a face full of ink. However, a recent encounter with a small fellow who had just had a quick bite to eat allowed me to swim right up to him. Slowly, without any sudden movements, and some questionable breathing control to maintain buoyancy and limit exhalation, I approached the aqueous assasin.
Whats important to remember in these encounters is that these animals are hunters and camoflague experts to boot, and interracting with them is an otherworldly experience as any underwater photographer or videographer will tell you. What I find is that, when searching for subjects to shoot, expect the unexpected. They can turn up almost anywhere you look, and might even remain unnoticed as you dive right by them.