I love octopus! And I have had the good luck to dive with them around the world from the Giant Pacific Octopus in Puget Sound to the miniature Blue Ringed Octopus in the South Pacific, considered one of the world’s most venomous marine animals. I have never stopped being astounded by the amazing octopus and their intelligence, grace, mobility and beauty.
They are spectacular animals, all 300 species. Maybe, this is why, there are so many you-tube videos of octopus, people just can’t get enough of their antics. Today, I am going to bring a few of those videos to you, focusing on octopus around the world and even one on the Lost Sport of Octopus Wrestling. (photo – animal guide)
The Great Pacific Octopus
This is the largest of all octopus species weighing in at a record 71 kilos (156lb) and probably the origin of the myth of the man-eating giant octopus. The Giant Pacific Octopus shares many similarities with its cephalopod smaller cousins, it has eight arms (although there is a seven armed octopus (Haliphron atlanticus)
Octopus are bilateral symmetrical, with a shell and mantle, a head and arms (tentacles) that are covered with two rows of suckers, lined with papillae or hooks for grabbing onto and not letting go of prey. the arms when spread apart can form a parachute-like structure to envelope and help capture prey. Where the arms join together there is a mouth with a strong beak capable of cracking crab shells.
Changing Color, Squirting Ink, Running on Two Arms, Sticky Suckers!
All these features make the octopus truly amazing, the mantle can instantly change color helping the octopus to blend into its surroundings. Water drawn into the octopus can quickly be ejected via a siphon propelling the octopus short distances. The siphon can also be used to expel a cloud of ink that can hide the octopus and confuse its enemies.
For propulsion the octopus normally uses their arms to crawl slowly along the surface of the sea bed. However as our videos show they can also be extremely quick, sprinting up to 40 kilometers an hour for short distances. Sometimes while grasping prey you will see them move on only two or three of their eight arms.
Did I Say Octopus Are Intelligent!
Some experts consider the octopus to be the world’s most intelligent animal, that’s right more intelligent than cats, or dolphins, or Fido. They use tools and because they don’t have a hard skeleton, like Houdini they are escape artists, squeezing through narrow openings and even unscrewing the lid off a bottle from the inside. If you don’t believe me , its all in the videos below.
Watch this Octopus Escape,
Obviously octopus are bright because they enjoy quirky sex
If you don’t think Octopus are cute watch them hatching
Finally, what you have been waiting for: The Lost Sport of Octopus Wrestling
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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