The family was happily feeding in the small tidal creek. The parents took turns to mind the babies. After a few minutes changeover, the non-minder flew to the estuary shoreline for a real feed.
The octopus on the left was totally unresponsive to the camera or the food so I went on my way. When I downloaded the photos there was a second octopus present and they appear to be mating.
When I first saw this octopus the encounter was unexpected and I think I startled it. On Day 2 when I left a cracked oyster it rejected it and also threw out armfuls of sand as it made its den bigger. On Day 3 it again discarded the food along with more sand then put another rock across the entrance. I got the message!
One tide brought in some krill that were welcomed by the birds. I picked this one off the sand and watched it swim away when I released it into the water.
This octopus was active in the daytime but not interested in me. It came to the top of the weed several times to check on me and each time went back down. The food I tried to give it got taken by a gull so I didn't get to engage with it.
The water was beautiful but the size of the swell did reduce the number of days available for fishing.
One specific deep rock pool almost always has a small group of these. Sometimes they learn to take the food I give to the resident triplefins.
This page highlights one photo from each outing. The subjects will vary - it will be whatever caught my eye or was most special on that day.