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Octopus petting

Octopus petting

Marty’s photo of the day #2554: Okay, this shot gets extra points for difficulty. I’m sitting on the floor of the Sea of Cortez; I have an octopus sitting atop my feet; I’m petting the octopus with one hand and holding the camera with the other. The water was shallow, and waves were splashing, so […]

How to spot an octopus

How to spot an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #2548: How hard is it to spot an octopus? You are looking at one right now. Photographed in the Sea of Cortez. Hint: Look dead center, and you will see an octopus eye.

An octopus in hand . . .

An octopus in hand . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2242: In this photo Deb is holding one of the octopuses we spent time with in the Sea of Cortez. When underwater, octopuses look more substantial than they do above water, where their lack of bones becomes more evident.

There’s an octopus on my feet!

There’s an octopus on my feet!

Marty’s photo of the day #2139: Here’s a photo from last December, in the Sea of Cortez. This is an underwater shot of an octopus, sitting on my feet. When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and […]

Octopus Eye

Octopus Eye

Marty’s photo of the day #2080: I know I’ve posted a lot of octopus photos in recent weeks, but finding cooperative octopuses in the wild is such a unusual experience! I hope you don’t mind one more. In this photo, an octopus is peering at my camera from under a rock—so all you can see […]

An octopus has me by the ankles!

An octopus has me by the ankles!

Marty’s photo of the day #2075: I had to contort to take this photo, as I have an octopus wrapped around my ankles. I’m balancing on my butt, on the floor of the Sea of Cortez, like a V. In other words, both my head and legs are as close together as I can get […]

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Marty’s photo of the day #2064: Can you find the octopus eyes? This photo is from Deb’s and my second octopus adventure, last month in the Sea of Cortez: On this day the air was cold and windy, and the sea was rocking and rolling—causing numerous underwater sandstorms. Soon Deb spotted an octopus, in a […]

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Marty’s photo of the day #2052: Earlier this month, when Deb and I were snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, we saw more than just octopuses and sea lions. The area we were in had tons of sting rays. We knew sting rays liked to hide on the sea floor, but seeing them actually do […]

Octopus textures

Octopus textures

Marty’s photo of the day #2051: Of the many cool things about octopuses, that they can change colors and textures ranks near the top of the list. In this photo, Deb is holding an octopus underwater. Note the unusual texture of this octopus. Earlier this month, I posted a picture (photo #2035) of Deb holding […]

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Marty’s photo of the day #2044: Here’s a sunrise view of where Deb and I stayed two weeks ago. Because I want to protect the octopuses’ privacy, I’m not going to publicly name the place (although if you are dying to go there, just email me, and I will let you know). However, I will […]

Cactuses or cacti? Octopuses or Octopi?

Cactuses or cacti? Octopuses or Octopi?

Marty’s photo of the day #2043: Since returning from Mexico, I have posted some photos and written about a few of the birds I found at sunrise atop giant cardón cactuses. And for you grammarians, yes “cactuses” is just as correct as “cacti.” The same goes for the plural of octopus, which can be either […]

Earth’s own Star Trek character

Earth’s own Star Trek character

Marty’s photo of the day #2042: This photo will initially appear incomprehensible to your eyes. But read on—you are looking at something amazing! Earlier this month, Deb and I had two incredible octopus encounters in the Sea of Cortez. Last week, I posted a photo from our first encounter, where we had the privilege of […]

The Octopus Gods favored us!

The Octopus Gods favored us!

Marty’s photo of the day #2035: Sy Montgomery is an author friend of mine, whose latest book is The Soul of an Octopus. Deb and I had read her excellent book before our trip last week to the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez. Consequently we were inspired to seek out octopuses. Our expectations […]

Back from the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

Back from the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2034: Deb and I just got back from a wonderful week on the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez. The little Piper Airplane we took between San Diego and Mexico couldn’t fly very high, so time was of the essence. If we left later, who knows if we would have […]

This book will make you care about something you never thought you’d care about.

This book will make you care about something you never thought you’d care about.

Many years ago, when I was researching my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I read Sy Montgomery’s Journey of the Pink Dolphins. I loved that book but hadn’t gotten around to reading another one of her books until now. When I first started reading The Soul of an Octopus I couldn’t put it down. […]

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