Over­all Win­ner

Preda­tory Pur­suit Spi­der crabs, Lep­tomithrax gaimardii; Maori oc­to­pus, Oc­to­pus mao­rum

Australian Geographic - - Snapshot - Justin Gil­li­gan, New South Wales

This un­usual en­counter fea­tures an ag­gre­ga­tion of spi­der crabs (Lep­tomithrax gaimardii) and a preda­tory Maori oc­to­pus (Oc­to­pus mao­rum). The oc­to­pus was be­hav­ing like an ex­cited child in a candy store try­ing to work out which crab to catch and con­sume – its eyes were cer­tainly big­ger than its gut! Mer­cury Pas­sage, be­tween Maria Is­land and main­land Tas­ma­nia

Nikon D810, 15mm f/2.8, 1/100, f/14, ISO 400, two Ike­lite DS161 strobes, Nau­ti­cam hous­ing

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