It’s considered the holy grail of critters because they’re extremely rare and usually only spotted during a short period of time: the Hairy Octopus. Once you’ve seen Wonderpus, Mimic, Blue-Ring and Mototi, this is probably the ultimate Cephalopod left on the list.
But what is so special about this type of Octopus? The Hairy Octopus is usually only a few centimeters in size and well camouflaged due to it’s long “hair” or tissue which is covers its body. Therefore, it blends in perfectly with surrounding algae. Once spotted the Hairy Octopus usually starts moving around and you can see the whole thing pulsating and changing colors from white, red or brown. To me, it’s purely one of the cutest critters out there!
Usually, the Hairy Octopus can be spotted during the colder months of October or November – this is when the water temperature drops and the reproduction cycle starts again. However, we’ve been quite lucky this year to see the first few Hairy Octopus around in August although the waters are still around 27 or 28 degrees Celsius. So check out the pictures and this short video and decide whether this cutie is worth putting on your list. You’d have to head to Lembeh to tick it off though: the Hairy Octopus has only been spotted in the Strait so far and has not even been given a scientific name!