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Octopuses belong to the family Octopodidae, which is the most species-rich family within the order Octopoda. There are more than 300 species of octopuses found worldwide, and several of these can be found in the Red Sea.
Octopus (Octopus vulgaris)

As with all marine life, it’s important to observe octopuses from a respectful distance and avoid disturbing them.

we will provide information on the various species of octopus that have been observed in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. From the common reef octopus to the elusive mimic octopus, we aim to cover them all to help you learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris)

Common Octopus

(Octopus vulgaris)

This octopus is the most widely distributed species in the world, and can be found in the Red Sea as well. It can grow up to 1 meter in length and is known for its intelligence and ability to change color and texture to blend in with its surroundings.

Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus)

Mimic Octopus

(Thaumoctopus mimicus)

This unique octopus is known for its ability to mimic other marine creatures, such as lionfish, sea snakes, and flatfish, to deter predators. It can be found in sandy and muddy areas of the Red Sea.

Blue-ringed Octopus

Blue-ringed Octopus

(Hapalochlaena sp.)

This small but deadly octopus is only a few inches in size, but its bright blue rings serve as a warning to predators that it carries a lethal venom. It can be found in shallow waters around coral reefs.

Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus)

Wonderpus Octopus

(Wunderpus photogenicus)

This stunningly beautiful octopus has a unique pattern of black and white stripes and can be found in sandy and muddy areas of the Red Sea. It is known for its elaborate mating rituals, which involve intricate displays of color and movement.

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