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The blue-ringed octopus: a beautiful but dangerous creature (Watch Video)

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The third in an exciting new series of blogs introducing some of the amazing marine life you can encounter at Magic Resorts in the Philippines…

One of the most popular octopuses that’s high on almost every divers’ bucket lists, is the blue-ringed octopus. The aptly named creature gets its name from the blue rings on its skin. These creatures usually turn out smaller than everyone’s expectations, but don’t underestimate the power of these critters!

Did you know that the blue-ringed octopus is actually one of the most venomous animals in the world? You definitely don’t want to make this creature angry. So how do you know that you have gone too far and annoyed the octopus? This creature will warn you! Usually a dark brown to yellow color with blue patches or rings, it will turn darker and the blue rings will become brighter and brighter! Though usually shy in nature, if they are stepped on or angered, they will bite!

This little octopus produces two types of venom – one for protection and one for hunting. The one for protection is produced by bacteria that live in its salivary glands. The tetrodotoxin it produces is the same deadly toxin that pufferfishes have. Experiments show that one single blue-ringed octopus has enough venom to fatally paralyze 26 adult humans… at the same time! Unfortunately, there is no antivenom yet and treatment requirements include life-support machines such as artificial ventilation.

There is not just one type of blue-ringed octopus though, there are at least 10 different species which can be found in tidal pools and reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

During the night, these little octopuses will search for food. They tend to hunt for crabs, clams, shrimps, small fish, etc. But they also have to be wary of their predators, mainly eels.

Fun fact: when a blue-ringed octopus loses a tentacle, it will grow back automatically!

Come and dive at Magic Oceans and let the guides show you these docile blue-ringed octopuses in Anda, Bohol. The guides will help you capture that perfect picture, and you can witness how the little octopus goes about its daily life.

Some general facts!

  • Blue-ringed octopuses can have up to 50 – 60 blue rings on their skin.
  • They are roughly 5 – 8 inches in size.
  • The bite of a blue-ringed octopus is usually reported as painless
  • They tend to have a life expectancy of up to 2 years and lay 50-100 eggs when they mate.

Visit Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu… find out more at www.magicresorts.online.

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Magic Resorts Philippines has two dive resorts: Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu. Have the Magic experience in two different locations. Rely on the same atmosphere, service and standards during every vacation! Blogs are supported by Marlon Managa, Dive Master and Marine Biologist at Magic Oceans.

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Black Bream (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dip into the blue waters off the Welsh coast with a species which are often shy with divers, the Black Bream (Spondyliosoma cantharu).

Black bream are often very wary of divers underwater, however they were curious to find out more about the VR camera. As a species, black bream are a more southerly distributed species however, over the decades with waters warming they’re distribution has increased northerly. During the summer period, they come inshore to breed and males will build nests and protect the eggs.


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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Seagrass Meadows (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a calming VR dive at one of the largest and densest seagrass meadow found along the Welsh coast, located at Porthdinllaen in North West Wales.

Seagrass meadows are important habitats as they provide a range of ecosystem services from carbon sequestration, production of Oxygen, coastal protection and act as a nursery area for many commercial fish species such as plaice and cod. Seagrass also help to improve water quality within the region as seagrass blades (leaves) help to trap particles within the water column, often making them great sites to dive in at due to increased visibility.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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