A Pacific Octopus – IN THE WILD!
This is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen since we moved here.
We’ve had a great visit with our friends, Jamie & Gord, from our North Bay posse. I love Ukee, and it has been so much easier to make friends here than we ever expected… there’s just something about old friends that makes me feel grounded. North Bay peeps, you’re my tribe.
We took the guys on a hike to the fabled “Blow Hole” yesterday, and stumbled upon (almost literally) this wild pacific octopus in one of the intertidal pools. The Octopus seemed as excited to see us as we were to see him.
He LOVED Jamie, who was wearing a bright red coat. He squirted five feet across the pond and used his legs to lift his eyes out of the water and take a really good look at Jamie. The octopus then blushed bright red – a perfect match to the coat! Jamie crouched down as the octopus approached the edge of the pond, and opened his coat, revealing his brown t-shirt. In a flash, the octopus changed to match the t-shirt. Then the creature curled himself into a ball and changed to match the barnacled rock in the pool beside him. It was like the octopus said “Red? Yes I can be red. Brown? That’s easy! Your turn – can you be a rock?”
The octopus approached all four of us individually, spreading out and rolling towards us, showing off the marvelous array of shapes and colours he could become.
It was absolutely incredible, an amazing experience.
I’ll write a proper entry, pictures and all, when I’m better rested.