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Octopus sex at Atmosphere resort in Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines

Octopus are one of the most interesting critters a diver can encounter while underwater. Whether the fact that they can squeeze into any crevice that their beak will fit into or that they can change color and texture in an instant, one of the most interesting things about octopus is actually their sex life. Octopus will begin to metabolize their own muscles when they become sexually mature to make their eggs and sperm. Because of this, almost all species of octopus lay one clutch of eggs and then die.   The male mototi, the one with the stripes, showing off …

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Mototi Blue Ringed Mimic Day Wonderpus Octopus. Octopus October at Atmosphere resort in the Philippines. Photos by Daniel Geary

Octopus October is officially in full swing. Every year we look forward to October because Cephalopods seem to infest the coast. This year they definitely got the message and have returned in full force! Although we found a Blue-ringed Octopus, Wonderpus, and five Flamboyant Cuttlefish on a dive in September, that was just a preview. Octopus October started on the first day of the month, with dive center manager Marco finding a Blue-Ringed octopus on the house reef which stayed around for a few days. Our current favorite dive site, Secret Corner, has exploded into life. We have encountered a …

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Octopus October

Since I started working here in March, every month of diving at Atmosphere has been awesome, not only because of the guests and staff but also because of the amazing critters. That being said, for me personally, October has been exceptional. We have had many unique sightings this month and many guests have finally seen a desired critter for the first time, including the elusive Harlequin Shrimp! We are still seeing frogfish at a lot of the dive sites, so I’m definitely happy, and one of my favorite Giant Frogfish reappeared and it seems to have changed color from purple …

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A mating pair of octopus on the Atmosphere Resorts house reef

July, August and September have been great months for diving here at the Atmosphere House Reef. We have had mating pairs of frogfish, pregnant ornate ghost pipefish and banded pipefish, a few pairs of leaf scorpion fish, and most recently, a few mating pairs of octopus, all on the house reef! We have known about a few octopus that reside in our house reef for a while, but our divers started seeing a pair together in the beginning of July, which usually means that they are preparing to mate since octopus are very territorial and not usually found together. In …

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Mimic, blue ringed and wonderpus - the Big Three

When divers arrive at Atmosphere Resort, they usually come prepared with a list of the critters they want to see the most. Many of these ‘critter lists’ vary due to the sheer number of critters you can see along the Dauin coast. Some people prefer nudibranchs, some are in need of frogfish, but nearly all of our divers want the “Big Three.” The “Big Three” are found almost exclusively in muck diving environments. What are they, you ask? Well, they are the most sought after octopus on the Dauin coast – the Mimic octopus, the Wonderpus and the Blue-ringed octopus. …

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