Have you noticed recently that whenever you see an Octopus there is often another Octopus close by and they are "holding hands"? That is what it looks like anyway. But in reality, the male is using his specialised arm (known as the hectocotylus) to pass packets of sperm to the female so that she can lay eggs. We have been seeing lots of this recently around Sydney which is great news and we hope that next season we are inundated with baby octopus everywhere! They are afterall some of the most entertaining sea creatures for snorkellers and divers.
This time of year is also when you may notice more giant cuttlefish hanging around, and it is for the same reason.
It is with this rise of cephalopod activity that makes Autumn diving in Sydney fantastic and a constant adventure.