mai 01 2012

Curled octopus – some pictures

Published by at 7:04 pm under Fish and fishing

The curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) is not common in Norwegian waters, but sometimes it crawls into a lobster pot or becomes an unexpected by-catch. The pictures on this page shows curled octopus from different locations along the western coast of Norway.


eledone cirrhosa

The first curled octopus (above) was taken in a pot while fishing for Norwegian lobster in 2012. Photo: Bjørnar Akselvoll. The color of the octopus is usually shades of red, brown or orange but the octopus has the ability to change its color-pattern.

Curled octopus

The octopus above was caught in 2003 and I do not recall the story about this catch. Photo: R. Gjerde. The curled octopus seen below was taken as a by-catch while fishing with net in a fjord (Hardangerfjorden) two years ago. Photo: Kåre Grønsnes.

Picture of curled octopusTaking pictures of the catch is in this case done because the curled octopus is a rare sight along the Norwegian coastline. The curled octopus on this page were released after the photo-session. As this octopus is rare in Norway, we have no tradition of eating them.

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Curled octopus – some pictures”

  1. Fishing Blogon 04 mai 2012 at 1:56 am

    I would run! That thing is scary!

  2. ram kashyapon 02 okt 2012 at 11:49 am

    this is horrible i scared

  3. moradabadon 02 okt 2012 at 11:49 am


    warm regards from

  4. Havelritteron 15 nov 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Scarrrry Bloobs!

  5. Nickon 21 feb 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Do the norweigens ever eat this octopus., or do they mainly stick to fish.

  6. adminon 21 feb 2013 at 5:46 pm

    No, you’re right. We do not eat octopus and we do not fish for octopus either (they’re hard to catch). But – we do like to eat octopus when we are abroad…

  7. Torben Hübertz knudsenon 12 okt 2013 at 12:08 am

    anybody know if you can eat all octopus i mean make sushi out of them ? or are some dangerous

  8. In Japan i watch octopus eating while their alive… so disgusting.