Found all over the world in the shallow waters of temperate, tropical, and subtropical areas, and the famous octopus is an interesting creature. Almost everyone is aware that octopuses have 8 sucker-covered arms.
An octopus is a unique sea creature having 8 arms, hence its name, since in Greek, okto means eight. It is related to the cuttlefish and the squid and has about 300 known species found throughout the world.
The significant biodiversity of the marine world is far more rich and vivid compared to that found on land. Octopus is one of the several life forms which make the marine world so Fascinating.
Octopuses are one of the most amazing sea creatures. There are more than 200 species of octopuses and all of them often live in oceans around the world, especially near the coral reefs. Octopuses are invertebrates and; therefore, they are boneless. Hence, octopus loses its normal shape when it is only pulled out of the water.
Do you need to understand more about this wonderful animal? So, it is high time that we learn some of the most interesting facts about this intelligent animal.
Interesting Octopus facts
- They can easily change their texture and color of the skin to camouflage with the environment and become invisible.
- They always eject dark ink which will confuse the predators and provide them an opportunity to escape.
- Male octopus will always die some months after mating. Female will only survive until her eggs hatch. She will die of starvation since she won’t eat three months (time required for eggs to hatch).
- Females lay about 150 000 eggs in a week. After hatching, the small octopuses will float for a short period with planktons and eventually swim back to the bottom area of the sea.
- They have three hearts, and their blood is blue in color.
- Some octopuses produce an extremely potent toxin which can stun the prey or even hurt a man. The riskiest octopus is blue-ringed octopus which can kill a number of people at once.
- Octopuses often move with a simple elegance, but they lack rhythm, unlike many animals.
- A baby octopus is almost the size of a flea at birth.
- The Mimic Octopus can easily mimic about 15 marine species, including Stingrays, Sea Snakes, Jellyfishes, and Lionfishes.
- Octopuses are eaten alive in Korea.