Two octopuses caught having sex on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

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My Octopus Lover: Bizarre final moments of an hour-long mating ritual are captured on camera as one of the underwater creatures SLAPs the other when they have ‘enough’

  • The video was taken by a diver on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria
  • It showed the two octopuses entangled in each other’s tentacles after mating
  • The diver who saw it said the sexual encounter lasted ‘several hours’

Incredible underwater footage has captured the moment when two octopuses began to mate underwater.

The footage, captured by a diver on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, showed the two octopuses entangled in each other’s tentacles before the female runs away.

The male octopus then caught up with his mating partner and enveloped her with his tentacles.

The footage, captured by a diver on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, showed the two octopuses entangled in each other's tentacles before the female runs away.

The footage, captured by a diver on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, showed the two octopuses entangled in each other’s tentacles before the female runs away.

Diver Jules Casey, who captured the footage, said the octopuses' sexual encounter lasted 'several hours'

Diver Jules Casey, who captured the footage, said the octopuses’ sexual encounter lasted ‘several hours’

Diver Jules Casey, who captured the footage, said the octopuses’ sexual encounter lasted “several hours.”

“When I found them, they were already together. I watched for about an hour, then went home, put on a dry wetsuit and had lunch. They were still busy when I got back,’ she said.

Ms. Casey said the video captured “the last minute” of the mating ritual, when one of the octopus “slaps” the other in the face when they’d had “enough.”

Octopus mating process “can take up to several hours, depending on the species,” marine biologists say.

The sexual encounter comes a month after Mrs. Casey caught two southern keeled octopuses mating in an oyster shell.

The video, filmed by Port Phillip Bay in southern Victoria, showed the female octopus hiding in an oyster shell, before the male crawled over it and sat on top — fanning out its eight tentacles.

In a caption on Instagram, Ms Casey wrote: “He then puts his third modified arm inside her cloak to let the semen packets through.”

At the end of the act, the male octopus suddenly changed from a creamy color to a dark brown before crawling away and settling on the sand.

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