View Full Version : Are these Octopus cyanea "getting it on" or "getting it on"?

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


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


Uncle Salty 05
11/11/2011, 03:17 PM
I am no expert but that doesn't look like courtship to me.
More like a territorial dispute.

11/21/2011, 10:56 PM

11/21/2011, 10:57 PM

Nick Hope
10/09/2012, 07:34 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.