My Blue Ringed Octopus Encounter

Blue Ringed octopus Western Australia electric blue rings.
When in North Western Australia, always look down when you walk. If the blue ringed octopus doesn't get you the stone fish or the cone fish will!
When in North Western Australia, always look down when you walk. If the blue ringed octopus doesn’t get you the stone fish or the cone shell will!

No Time to Waste

While I truly prefer a civilised life, occasionally one is obliged to come into contact with “THE GREAT OUTDOORS”! In July I traveled to Exmouth in the North West of Western Australia and spent ten days sleeping under the stars (quite literally as we had no tents for most of the camp). After travelling out to one of the rarely visited islands I went for a wander on the reef that had been exposed by the tide, looking for mud crabs as a possible dinner option.

Thankfully I was wearing some old sneakers as after I had fruitlessly examined a rocky outcrop for crabs, I looked down and saw this blue ringed octopus in full attack colours literally centimetres  from my left foot in a 5cm deep pool of water. The octopus itself was about 20cm long.

I was lucky enough to have my camera around my neck and quickly took a few photos before hurrying away. The knowledge that I was centimetres from pretty much instant death was a little sobering and quite put me off my dinner of hardtack and water. Anyway, you don’t often come into contact with blue ringed octopii (octopuses?) and this one certainly gave me a great picture, but this was definitely not an experience where the word “touching” would have had any positive connotations.

You may also like to check out my stone fish encounter here and my shark encounter here.

Photo challenge: Beneath Your Feet



    1. Many thanks! It was a close call but I was wearing sensible shoes. The problem with these dear little things is that they usually have no colour and look like sand until you disturb them so seeing them beforehand is not easy. Ah! Nature! 🙂

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  1. Oh, this is a rare creature. Would like to know more about it.

    I enjoyed reading about your encounter TJ 🙂


    Anand 🙂

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