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the depth of ten metres off the Dorset coast I discovered my first Common
vulgaris, in thirty years of
diving. This was a very large octopus,
at tip to tip about two metres long and his head was about double the size
of a rugby ball. It seemed about as big as me. Octopuses
are usually nocturnal, but this one was active in the daytime.
Octopus is most easily identified, if discovered
in the English Channel, by having two rows of suckers. A hearsay reports
says they were all wiped out in the cold winter of 1963.
is a southern species at its northern biogeographical limit in winter off
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