«Always watchful even though I feel safe in this hole», this highly intelligent animal seems to think. Ready to retreat even further inside the burrow if threatened, to squirm by enclosing itself in its own tentacles.

The octopus is one of my favorite animals. Intelligent beyond belief, capable of shape adaptations, contortions and perfect mimicry. Even capable of incredible manipulative skills thanks to its tentacles.

All that remains is to capture its essence.











And it’s hunting (photographic of course) for octopus! This highly smart animal I think everyone knows it a little bit, regardless of being a diver or not, so I am not going to describe its features here.
It lives in many seas, in various shapes and sizes, even at very great depths. For example: specimens of the North Pacific Giant Octopus can exceed 40 kg in weight and 4 m in length! While the Dumbo octopus lives at abysmal depths, exceeding 5,000 m!

Speaking, however, of the less «extreme» octopus vulgaris, the daytime lives mostly hunkered down to escape predators. But that is not the only weapon in its defense! In fact, it is an animal that can camouflage itself almost perfectly with its surroundings, and in addition, if forced to make a sudden escape, it can emit a cloud of ink that precisely confuses the predator.

The challenge, if you will, is to find it! In fact, not all periods are good, and it is not at all easy to locate its burrow, which is often much smaller than the specimen itself.

In this case the watchword is macro! In fact, what is interesting to capture is the detail, especially of the typical eyes and coat pigmentation.

Artificial light practically a must.

This is the case where rebreather or scuba diving is the ideal choice, for a thorough search for specimens and to maximize the care of the shot.

Diving in practice is dedicated to this search.