Octopus Friday Image Gallery

Below are images of friendly octopuses seen during our ocean explorations that have been featured through our Facebook and Twitter accounts as part of "Octopus Friday." Click on an image to enlarge it. Enjoy!




Octopus seen during the 2013 ROV shakedown on the Okeanos Explorer in the U.S. Northeast Canyons.  Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. This octopus was spotted on the side of a fault scarp during a geologic traverse on the Submarine Ring of Fire 2002 expedition. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2002, NOAA/OER. A finned octopus seen in the Arctic in 2005. These octopods are technically known as cirrates, but they are sometimes called 'dumbos' because the large fins make them look like flying cartoon elephants flapping their ears. Image courtesy of The Hidden Ocean, Arctic 2005 Exploration, NOAA-OE. An octopus AND an eel...seen during the 2013 ROV shakedown on the Okeanos Explorer in the U.S. Northeast Canyons.  Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Did you know that an octopus can use its suction cups to “taste” something by touch first, to see if it likes it as food or not? Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Evidence suggests that octopuses are pretty smart critters…some scientists speculate that octopuses are some of the smartest invertebrates out there, capable of problem solving and learning. This octopus was seen during our ROV shakedown cruise exploring the U.S. Northeast Canyons. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Did you know that there are more than 150 different types of octopus? Some live in deep water and others live in shallow water. Most live in water near warmer places (tropical or subtropical). Some also live in coral reefs. But they are found in all of the world’s ocean basins. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Did you know that an octopus can change color to match its surrounding environment, as a way to hide from predators?  (Image of an octopus on a rock in shallow water in the Red Sea; submitted by Shai Oron to the Ocean Exploration 2020 Photo Contest in 2013.) Octopus seen on June 5, 2013, during our ROV shakedown cruise exploring the U.S. Northeast Canyons. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Octopus seen on June 4, 2013, during our ROV shakedown cruise exploring the U.S. Northeast Canyons. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. An octopus stretches an arm over a beer bottle as it sits in its home on the rocks near the main Hawaiian Islands. Image courtesy of Spalding et al. During the Okeanos Explorer 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition, scientists came upon this octopus -- look closely and you'll see the lights of the remotely operated vehicle reflected in his eye. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. A mama octopus guards her eggs. The octopus was seen at a depth of 1,643 meters, while exploring Atlantis Canyon during the Okeanos Explorer 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. This octopod, Benthoctopus sp., seemed quite interested in the DSV Alvin’s port manipulator arm as scientists explored hydrocarbon-seep communities deeper than 1,000 meters in the Gulf of Mexico. Image courtesy of Bruce Strickrott, Expedition to the Deep Slope. For this Friday, how about a game of “find the octopus.” See him? He was seen while exploring Welker Canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. Close look at an octopus seen on August 15 in Welker Canyon during the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013. This octopus was spotted on June 5, 2013, during our ROV Shakedown cruise exploring the U.S. Northeast Canyons. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. Octopus spotted on August 2, in a minor canyon near Shallop Canyon, during the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. An orange octopus seen during the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. An octopus drifts by, just below the remotely operated vehicle. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. An octopus stretches out while crawling across the seafloor. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. An octopus strikes a pose for the remotely operated vehicle near Shallop Canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. An octopus seen while exploring an an intercanyon between Powell and Lydonia Canyons. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. A baby octopus (Graneledone verrucosa)  moves across the seafloor as ROV Deep Discoverer explores Veatch Canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.