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All About Octopus
What has eight arms, can change color and uses shells to defend its lair? It’s the Octopus. These sea creatures are in the mollusk family along with clams, oysters and snails and are one of the most recognizable of all the underwater species. Let’s take a journey under the sea to visit this strange creature.
There is around 300 different species of the octopus. They live in all the warm ocean waters around the world. They have round bulbous heads, eight arms, bulgy eyes and a hard beak at the center point of their body. The closest relation to the octopus is the squid. Strangely enough the octopus is considered the “monster of the deep.” Perhaps because of its scary portrayal on television and movies; however, the octopus spends most of its time living a solitary life along the bottom of the ocean.
All octopus are venomous, but only the Blue-Ringed group are deadly to humans. The octopus is also highly intelligent. Studies show that the octopus has both short and long-term memory capabilities.
The octopus is one of the best when it comes to camouflage, in fact, this cephalopod can change colors. The octopus can dress itself up in shades of green, pink, gray, brown and blue with special skin cells called, Chromatophores. In addition to its color changing ability, when the octopus feels threatened it will shoot out an ink-bomb. Once this happens it leaves its predator temporarily disoriented, giving the octopus time to escape.
Another interesting fact about this creature is its ability to dig out a nest or lair. Once the lair is built the octopus will surround it with rocks or shells. This creates a stronger home and helps the octopus to stay safe.
The smallest octopus is the Wolfi. This little guy is found in the Indo-Pacific ocean and measures in at only 0.5 of an inch (1.5 centimeters ) and weighs less than a gram. On the flip-side, the biggest octopus is the North Pacific Giant Octopus. This beast measures in at 20 feet (6 meters) from tip to tip of opposite arms, plus it can weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kilograms)!
The female octopus lays thousands of transparent eggs under rocks or in holes. When she is finished she will guard them from 6 to 8 weeks until they hatch. Once the babies hatch they make their way to the surface of the ocean. This is a dangerous journey for the young and many are eaten along the way and even more fall prey as they are feeding along the surface. Depending on the species, once the babies grow and mature they will make their way back down to the ocean floor where they can hunt for food and stay camouflaged.
The octopus is a strange and fascinating creature. These are only a few facts about this mollusk so if we’ve whet your appetite for more, check out the internet or an aquarium where these creatures can be observed up close. It is sure to be amazing.
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