Female octopus was hunting, the male seemed interested in something more intimate

Pair of Octopus seen during a dive at ShanFu, Xiao LiuQiu

We were lucky to spend a long time with a pair of octopus. This dive site we have seen a number of octopus. It looked like the female was busy and more interested in hunting while the male appeared interesting in copulating.

I did a custom white balance to get the natural looking colors. The trick I use is to point the camera horizontally into open water and use that image for my custom white balance.

Xiao LiuQiu (小琉球) is located in the south 13km off the Taiwan coast. Ferries run regularly from DongGang port taking just 20min to reach the island, the port is a short 30min hop from Kaohsiung making it an easy get away.

Location: Shan Fu, Xiao Liu Qiu, Taiwan
Date: 28 January, 2020
Camera / Housing: Canon G7X mII /Recsea
Light: Natural light

Photo Credit: KevinD