Tentacle truths about the 8 footed freak

Assuming it’s no secret that octopuses can change the colour, texture and patterning of their skin. There are still some hidden facts unbeknownst to us normal beings that are quite interesting indeed. While these creatures are known to have eight legs all 300 species of them, tentacle’s or whatever tickles your fancy there are some that only have seven. Octopuses are among a set of special animals like chimpanzees and dolphins. They are also related to a mythical Goddess…

 Point 1: Let us start with the creepy crawly leg facts. There are some octopuses with not exactly seven legs but that is how it appears, they actually do have eight but one of them is so hard to see that they are classified as seven legged octopuses. Some Scientists and Biologist even believe they have two legs and six arms. The word octopus is derived from Greek language and it means eight footed, so if you think about it, it’s quite fitting.

 Point 2: Now we explore their amazing skin and form. When an octopus is taken out of water they lose their form because they are boneless. . Those that live in the Caribbean waters will be much smaller than those in cold water like the Atlantic Ocean.

Point 3: The colour of their skin and size is directly impacted by the environment, it determines how big or small they’ll be. In 2013 biologist in America found that these smart animals can see with their skin despite apparently being colour blind. Before this discovery they were thought to rely on their vision to change their colour but, after scientists found light sensitive pigments in their skin that is also found in human eyes, it was confirmed that these cephalopods (octopuses) can see without using their eyes.

Point 4: This poisonous prey evades their predators excellently.  In some parts of the world octopuses are called devil fish because, of their venomous qualities that are found in a bacteria living inside them. Some of them produce such potent toxins that can hurt a man and confuse predators to escape. The blue-ringed octopus is the most dangerous and they can kill a few people at once.

Point 5: Disappearing into nothingness. They love mimicking more dangerous sea creatures like lionfishes and sea snakes. Amazingly they can look like their surroundings on the sea bed for example sea grass and some even sand.

Point 6: All their vital organs are in the head, they have 3 hearts and their blood is blue (talk about cold blooded, heavy hearted and a big head) and because of their intelligence anaesthesia must be used when performing surgery on them.

Point 7: They like eating prawns but, some are so daring their appetite yearns for some species of sharks and sea birds. Some of them get so stressed out in the wild waters that they eat their own appendages.

Point 8: In Greek mythology the octopus is seen as the severed head of Medusa. Off the Coast of Norway and Greenland portrayed in art as giant octopus attacking ships, they are known as the Kraken (Hyde’s/ Greek Devil’s pet). Remember the creature that eats Jack Sparrow “Pirates of the Caribbean”, well that the one.

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