Luzon Island, Philippines
I was following this 18-24 inch (45-60 cm) octopus for about ten minutes before it decided it no longer desired my company. An octopus will try bluffing or crawling away from a potential predator first, or if more desperate measures are needed, it uses its siphon to rapidly squirt jets of water for a quick escape. As a last resort, a store of "ink" is used to cloud the water, confusing the predator's sense of sight and smell.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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