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Nick Hope
10/12/2011, 01:47 AM
I always thought one of these 2 octopuses was aggressively courting the other, but maybe they're simply fighting?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emmgMz2xEjE

What do you think? I'm about to recut the video so it would be useful to know.

Thanks!

Uncle Salty 05
11/11/2011, 04:17 PM
I am no expert but that doesn't look like courtship to me.
More like a territorial dispute.

davidsuli
11/21/2011, 11:56 PM
.agree

davidsuli
11/21/2011, 11:57 PM
okdl

Nick Hope
10/09/2012, 08:34 AM
Thanks very much for the replies. I also posted this question here (http://www.tonmo.com/forums/showthread.php?25410-Are-these-Octopus-cyanea-fighting-or-courting) and never did get a firm conclusion on whether they are fighting or courting. The updated video is now here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH5LseGJ_T4) and also features an Octopus cyanea under attack from a damselfish.