SCUBA TravelMating Octopus


Octopus Mating

Photo copyright Tim Nicholson.
Taken in the Egyptian Red Sea.
Octopus Mating

The octopus is solitary. Mating can be risky for the male: he is smaller than the female and risks being attacked. The female watches his body postures and skin pattern. Once accepted the male stretches out a modified arm towards the female - shown in our photo. The arm has grooves along which sperm passes to the female's mantle cavity.

Recommended Books:
Underwater Photographer
by Martin Edge, Paperback, 536 pages (2009)
The Brains and Lives of Cephalopods
by Marion Nixon, John Z. Young, Oxford University Press, Hardback, 480 pages (2003)

Recommended Video: BBC World Of Wildlife 7 - Squid And Octopus
David Attenborough and Mike deGruy

Recommended DVD: The Blue Plane6t
David Attenborough