Caribbean Reef Octopus

The Caribbean Reef Octopus (Octopus briareus) is a beautiful cephalopod that inhabits reefs throughout the Caribbean. Active at night, that’s when we spotted it on a night dive in Roatan, Honduras. It can be distinguished from the Common Octopus by the dark coloring around its eyes.


This octopus often displays a striking blue-green coloration as seen here. Also visible is the webbing that connects the legs which can be spread in a “parachute” pattern:


Here is the same octopus in flight:


While it did move several times, this particular specimen was remarkably amenable to photography: