The Octopus is one of the most unique marine animals. Everybody has seen a picture or video of an Octopus; but many people have never had the opportunity to see an Octopus much less to actually touch an Octopus. Can you even touch an Octopus? Yes, you can if you are brave enough. Most Octopuses are safe to touch if you handle them properly; however there are many exceptions. One Octopus you would probably be wise to stray away from is the Blue-ringed octopus.
The blue-ringed octopus is not only the most venomous octopus, but is also among the most venomous of any animal in the world. The blue-ringed octopus is extremely tiny.
The Romantic Marine Life
When we think of Marine Life we don’t think of it as dangerous. Instead the vision of Marine Life is beautiful and romantic such as illustrated on the poster, Sea Life by Jessica Flick
Octopuses like to hide from their predators. Octopuses are great at blending into their surroundings but if they think they have been seen they can quickly move away to a new location with a fast speed burst. When all else fails an octopus may choose to defend itself by shooting its “ink”.
Almost all species of octopus have the ability to shoot ink out. When the ink shoots out it impairs the ability of any potential prey in the area to clearly see the octopuses. This gives the octopus a head start to quickly leave the area and then enter a new area and then use its awesome camouflage ability.
The camouflage abilities of the octopus are truly remarkable. Octopuses have colored pigments which can instantly be changed into new colors and patterns. The camouflage abilities vary a lot depending on the species and size of the octopus.
Sizes can vary from the extremely small blue-ringed octopuses to the North Pacific Giant Octopus which has been found to weigh up to 156.5 pounds. There are however even larger octopus than this. One example of a super huge species of octopus is the very rare and hard to find Seven-arm Octopuses. A specimen of the Seven-arm Octopus was found in 2002 that weighed 136 pounds. One very remarkable thing though is that only a portion of the octopus was recovered and the weight of the entire octopus was estimated to be much higher.
Scientists continue to debate which species is the largest octopus; however it is extremely difficult for the scientists to conclusively reach an answer because many of the larger species of octopuses live in very remote parts of the ocean and in very deep water. These octopuses like to remain solitary from humans and this makes it practically impossible to weigh, measure, and research these behemoths.
The King of the Ocean
The undisputed King of the Animals on land is the Lion. But which animal is The King of the Ocean? Many will say the Whale, because it is the biggest. Some will say the Shark, because it is considered dangerous, and the Shark does not fear any other of the animals in the ocean. Few will say the Octopus, because the Octopus is mostly illustrated as a cute and friendly animal, such as these cute and friendly posters illustrated by Serena Bowman:
Above a friendly Octopus saying: Wash Your Hands!
But Sharks can be friendly too. Below a Shark is used as a cute illustration, telling us: Brush your Teeth!
But the Octopus may not usually be considered as the “King of the Ocean”. However, in the video below this octopus puts up a good bid for this title when it captures a shark. Yep, this North Pacific Giant Octopus captures a large shark that is on the prowl for a meal. The shark wants to kill but the shark is the one who ends up being killed.
Many cultures of people have eaten octopuses throughout their history. Many Countries continue to sell octopus as a food. Most times it is prepared and cooked in one way or another; however in Korea there are many restaurants that sell live octopus. They will slice the live octopus up in front of you and then you eat it while it is still moving around. This is usually done with smaller species of octopus. This form of serving raw octopuses is still pretty rare and most people who serve octopus will prepare it by boiling it to help remove all of the ink and mucus. Eating octopus may seem very weird and even disgusting, but many people who have eaten breaded and deep-fried tentacles from octopuses have been pleasantly surprised at the taste of it.
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