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They are reasonably common in the harbour, and the best time to catch them is before or after low tide on a calm day when it is easier to spot and land them.
Samoan fishers often clap their hands or knock their hooked poles against the inlet’s stone wall to attract the eight-legged ink fish, before hooking them and pulling them out.
Be warned — captured octopuses need to be put in a plastic bag or a bucket with a lid, otherwise they will try to escape.
Otago Harbour’s main species of octopus is Macroctopus maorum. It is New Zealand’s largest species of inshore octopus, growing to a span of up to 2m.