Juvenile Octopus

On a night dive in Cozumel, I saw a beautiful orange fish hovering above an orange sponge. As I focused on my subject in the viewfinder, I was distracted by a small movement in the background. A small octopus -- about 2 inches across -- was trying to make a quick exit without being noticed. As I swung my camera over to him, he reared up defiantly.  I never did get a picture of the fish...

Camera: Canon AE-1/Ikelite Housing
Lens: 55mm macro
Film: Velvia
Location: Cozumel, Mexico

©1997 Garry McCarthy