The master of disguise himself, the octopus. Known in our islands as He'e or Tako is a divers real treat but although they aren't swimming around it takes some time to develop your "tako eye."
Octopus live their lives in tiny holes. Since they have no skeletal structure they can squeeze into the most tightest cracks!. One easy way to spot that is to look for those two beady eyes that always keep a watch out for predators or a nearby meal.
Can you spot the octopus?
Can you see it now?
There he is! Sometimes when they are out of the hole they are almost impossible to spot until you swim directly over them.
How's that camouflage! Blending in perfectly to their surroundings.
To fend off predators, the octopus shoots a black ink to create a smokescreen for a quick escape. You don't want to get hit directly by these, its quite hard to scrub off.
Here's one that I let go that smoked me out!
Here's one that almost got away!
The legal size set by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) state that a single octopus must be a minimum of one pound to be taken from the ocean. Usually I let all the one pounders go so they can grow bigger and practice conservation. This one in the photo was almost two pounds that I let go.
Here's another octopus over the legal size that was released back into the ocean.
After catching an octopus, you may wrestle with it a bit. The old traditional hawaiian way is to bite the octopus in between the eyes crushing it's brain and killing it. Please do this with extreme caution.
Be very careful of the octopus beak, located right in the middle of all eight legs. It is strong, sharp and ready to take off a finger or two!
& after finding, catching and biting the octopus it's time to clean it, prepare it, cook it and enjoy it!