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Tom and Lynn Franzson are accomplished photographers in the their own right.  Their passion for diving and photography has sent them globetrotting to various warm dive destinations.  They first visited Saba in 2000.  Their second visit sent them looking at real estate and the rest is history.  Their similar interests and experiences have made them friends of ours as well as founding members (along with John, of course) of the Saba Nikon Digital Camera Club--which is known to hold meetings poolside and at pubs...  To view more of their photographs or to consider renting their home or studio, check out www.sabahomes.com.

 

 

this page still under construction--bear with us while we get the Latin names in place...

Common Caribbean Octopus
Octopus vulgaris

Saba's Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, is the only octopus regularly found in the open during the day.  Whereas, the rarer Brownstripe Octopus, O. burryi can be found in grassy sea beds and flats adjacent to coral reefs.  There are hundreds of species of octopus but only 8 recognized in Caribbean waters--the rest live in every ocean from the cold Arctic and Antarctic to the balmy equatorial climes.  Octopuses are Cephalopods, as are squid, cuttlefish and nautilus and the super rare argonaut.  Together they are among the more intelligent and bizarre looking creatures in the sea.  These voracious top-level predators have large brains to facilitate their complex behaviors that range from color, shape and skin texture change to squirting ink decoys and smoke screens to dropping and re-growing limbs.

 

More Octopus & Other Cephalopods can be seen on "From Our Travels".

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All images ©John Magor Photography and Sea Saba Dive Center or as otherwise noted.  No image to be used for any purpose or in any format without permission.  Quality prints on archive standard paper available $30-$50, size dependent.  High resolution digital images on a contract basis only.  Contact us for permission and procedures.

This page last updated on 05/30/2006

Our friend, local birder, Mandy McGehee introduced us to Dr. Roger Hanlon.  It took two years to convince him to come to Saba to have a look at our octopus.  The time spent with Roger has only further spiked our interest in octopus and other cephalopods.  

Renowned Cephalopod Expert,
Dr. Roger Hanlon

In December of 2004, one of the world’s cephalapod’s experts came to Saba to help us understand more about these fascinating masters of disguise.  Dr. Roger T. Hanlon conducts most of his scientific research at his laboratories in Woods Hole Oceanographic in Massachusetts.   National Geographic readers and Discovery Channel viewers will recognize Hanlon’s name for his fieldwork with squid and octopus around the world.  Sea Saba sponsored Hanlon’s visit.  Together with Sea Saba’s crew and the assistance of local Saba volunteers, Hanlon was able to document camouflaging techniques of 4 different octopuses in Saba waters as well as distinctive behavior patterns.  

Octopus are regularly seen on Sea Saba's muck dives near our overnight boat moorings.  While in this area, volunteers Michael Chammaa (The Brigadoon) and Ollie Hartleib (El Momo Cottages), spotted an unusual octopus and even more unusual behavior.  Their description of the behavior and Michael's sole photo taken that day (photo posted next week) were the inspiration for a return trip.  Dr. Hanlon’s work continued in October 2005 when he pursued this anecdotal observation that Octopus defilippi can mimic the swimming actions of flounder. Now documented both photographically as well as with video footage, this is the first time that flounder mimicry by octopus has been described in the Atlantic Ocean.  Look for Hanlon’s official documentation of this in an upcoming publication in Science.  The more known Mimic Octopus of the Pacific can be seen on "From Our Travels, Octopus & Other Cephalopods".  

Dr. Roger Hanlon’s octopus camouflage monitoring project is just one of the events of the annual Sea & Learn on Saba program that runs throughout the month of October.  For more information about the program and how you can take part in this international award winning event, go to www.seaandlearn.org 

 

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