Master Reef Guide and Marine Biologist, Jacinta Shackleton, has seen in the New Year in style with a once-in a-lifetime experience, coming face to face with a rare blanket octopus in waters off Lady Elliot Island on 6 January 2022. The blanket octopus is so-called because of the sheets of webbing between its arms which, when outstretched, produce a blanket-like display to discourage any would-be attackers. But what’s really interesting about this species is the size difference between the genders – the male is the size of a walnut whilst the female can be up to 6 feet long – the greatest sexual size dimorphism in the marine world!
Ms Shackleton has been conducting research and diving the reef around Lady Elliot Island on Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier
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