‘Dancing through the water’: rare sighting of blanket octopus in Great Barrier Reef

16/1/2022 7:19:00 PM

It looks beautiful! 🐙

Marine Biologist, Blanket Octopus

It looks beautiful! 🐙

‘Seeing one in real life is indescribable,’ says marine biologist of the technicolour marine mollusc she spotted off Queensland

The technicolour marine mollusc was spotted last week by reef guide and marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton, off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef .“When I first saw it, I thought it could have been a juvenile fish with long fins, but as it came closer, I realised it was a female blanket octopus and I had this overwhelming sense of joy and excitement,” she said.

Related:From the Sydney baboons to Inky the Octopus: how closely do you follow animal escapes?“I kept yelling through my snorkel, ‘it’s a blanket octopus!’ I was so excited I was finding it difficult to hold my breath to dive down and video it.”Blanket octopuses are extremely rare. The first sighting of a live male was made 21 years ago just north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Ribbon Reefs by Dr Julian Finn, a senior curator of marine invertebrates at Museums Victoria, and colleagues.

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The technicolour marine mollusc was spotted last week by reef guide and marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton, off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef . “When I first saw it, I thought it could have been a juvenile fish with long fins, but as it came closer, I realised it was a female blanket octopus and I had this overwhelming sense of joy and excitement,” she said. The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee also recommended a similar warning be included for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine in October, and reiterated the decision on Friday. Related: From the Sydney baboons to Inky the Octopus: how closely do you follow animal escapes? “I kept yelling through my snorkel, ‘it’s a blanket octopus!’ I was so excited I was finding it difficult to hold my breath to dive down and video it. It essentially uses the Pentagon's purchase of billions of dollars worth of fighter jets, missiles and other weapons as leverage to require contractors to stop relying on China and, by extension, support the revival of US rare earths production.” Blanket octopuses are extremely rare. "There is currently no confirmed mechanism that has been verified by which a Covid-19 vaccine could cause the very rare event transverse myelitis," an AstraZeneca spokesman said. The first sighting of a live male was made 21 years ago just north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Ribbon Reefs by Dr Julian Finn, a senior curator of marine invertebrates at Museums Victoria, and colleagues. "It's amazing," says an enthused Ms Meleia Rose, 41.

In the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research , he noted they are the “most extreme example of sexual size-dimorphism in a non-microscopic animal”. However, it added the benefit-risk profile of both vaccines remains unchanged. The US has only one rare earths mine and has no capability to process rare earth minerals. While females grow up to 2 metres in length, the males have only been seen to grow to about 2.4cm long. AstraZeneca's vaccine has faced several setbacks, including production delays and probes by regulators following rare cases of severe side effects such as blood clots with low platelets, which led to several countries restricting or stopping its use. Males also don’t develop the blanket octopus’s iridescent “blanket” that makes the species so alluring. Known as the Restoring Essential Energy and Security Holdings Onshore for Rare Earths Act of 2022, the Bill would codify and make permanent the Pentagon's ongoing stockpiling of the materials. For the females that do develop it, the display can be shed to elude predators. EMA also recommended updating the product information for AstraZeneca's vaccine regarding rare blood clotting with a low platelet count following the first shot, to say fewer such side effects were observed after the second dose."It's arresting to have the contrast, the wildness with the city - but especially DC where it's so.

The extreme difference between the sexes is thought to have developed because of the blanket octopus’s unique habit of carrying blue-bottle stingers for self-defence. Shackleton said she believes there have only been three sightings of the octopus in the area before hers. More On This Topic. The rare earths production process can be highly pollutive, part of the reason why it became unpopular in the US. It generally spends its lifecycle in the open ocean so it’s even more unusual to see one on the reef. Story continues Shackleton said she feels lucky to have been in the water at the right time to capture vision of the spectacular species. This is not Shackleton’s first extraordinary sighting. "This is an area in which Congress will lead, because many members have been concerned about this very topic, regardless of party," he said. Like others staring up at the young female owl, identified by its grey and white plumage, Rosa was alerted to its arrival by eBird, a network used by birdwatchers to signal particularly interesting finds, which logged 200 million observations last year by 290,000 enthusiasts worldwide.

She has also encountered a rare ornate eagle ray and a rare melanistic manta ray but says the blanket octopus “has got to be one of my all-time favourite reef experiences”. “Seeing one in real life is indescribable, I was so captivated by its movements, it was as if it was dancing through the water with a flowing cape. The vibrant colours are just so incredible, you can’t take your eyes off it. "Well placed policies such as this one get us closer to the target of onshoring this critical supply chain," said Marty Weems, North American president of Australia-based American Rare Earths, which is developing three US rare earth projects. “I’ve truly never seen anything like it before and don’t think I ever will again in my life.” TRENDING .""She was truly the superstar of Union Station.