visiting octopus rare to this area found on SCMS outing

The octopus found by Alan Scrymegour on the SCMS walk was a Southern Sand Octopus – Octopus kaurna ( Stranks 1990). They grow to 420mm in length and living in sand and amongst sea grass usually burying in the sand of a day time and coming out at night to hunt.Normal range is from The Great Australian Bight in SA to Tasmania and Southern Victoria. They are not normally found this far north. Perhaps the very cold water we are experiencing this winter has something to do with us finding it here.

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