Facts About the Octopus Habitat And It's Food
Certain similarities exist for all types of octopus habitats.
Octopuses are cephalopods and have an entirely boneless structure. As such, the creatures are extremely flexible; and are ready to crush their bodies into the littlest of niches and corners to dodge predator assault.
They are extremely settling animals, making a home in a fissure or close to the sea depths in the sand to build a cave.
Sharks, Moray eel, and dolphins share the octopus territory, yet not genially. These animals are predators of the octopus.
If the octopus is trapped, like magic it can figures out how to escape from being caught through its capacity to go up against shaded surfaces and blend in to its surroundings.
Also, it will emanate a dark ink that darkens the view of its assailant sufficiently long enough to permit it's escape.
The octopus is a captivating animal indeed. It is shrewd, intriguing and inquisitive which makes the octopus a favorite of mine.
The underwater world of the octopus is a magnificently adjusted biological community, one in which the octopus and it's living space plays an important part.
Where They Live
Octopuses live in salt water; just about any ocean in the world is home to some variety of these creatures.
Common areas to find them are in coastal areas, reef regions and at the ocean floor.
They may inhabit shallow waters or in depths up to 500 feet, depending on the species.
The common octopus is found in tropical or subtropical waters, while the Giant Octopus is found in the colder Northern Pacific Ocean.
Typically, the warmer the water, the smaller the octopus will be. While there are many variable conditions for the octopus, food is similar for all species.
These creatures belong to the family of cephalopods; meaning they are "head to foot."
I'ts legs, or arms, are connected directly to the head, encircling the mouth.
Each arm is lined with suckers on the outside, and a series of highly sensitive nerves on the inside.
This feature comes in very handy for the octopus; food is grasped and felt with the suckers and "tasted" by the nerves on the inside.
Their Home Life
Their home offers a concealing spot from their predators and also a place in which the female can lay and brood her eggs.
An intriguing reality about the octopus is that it will accumulate shells from scavengers or shakes and assemble a stronghold around the opening of its cave to camouflage it.
During the daytime hours, the octopus can usually be found hiding in its den. A crevice in a rock, a large unoccupied clam shell, or even a hole dug in the sand may serve as the den for an octopus.
However, when night falls the octopus has food on its mind and leaves its lair and begins to hunt for prey.
Hunting may be done by crawling along the ocean floor, using its arms to maneuver along.
The octopus will also slowly swim through the shallow water as it seeks its next meal.
They have excellent eyesight which is well adapted to seeing in the dim underwater. As they move through the depths, their eyes search for their next meal.
For the octopus, it's meal times are generally at night. While its appearance may give the impression of being a generous, smug animal, its ruthless propensities loan an utterly extraordinary view.
There are many marine life prey in the octopus world that it gets its nourishment from.
The octopus catches and secures its prey utilizing the suckers on its arm.
After catching prey, the octopus' food habit is to draw the prey into the mouth using all eight arms, where the sharp beak pierces the skin to inject paralyzing venom to soften the flesh.
For the octopus, food favorites are crabs and lobsters. Then, tearing off bite-sized pieces, the prey is devoured.
They also eat small crustaceans, snails, and other octopus. The Giant Octopus has been known to feed upon sharks and birds, as well. hunting. It is evident that the octopus gives lots of thought to its food.
Divers have even noted that, outside the lair of the octopus, food is stored. The creature than can dine at will, without the bother of hunting.
People far and wide are fascinated by these beautiful creatures of the sea, and rightfully so. Many even take to keeping them as pets in aquariums in their homes or businesses.
There are many jewelry buffs like myself who wear an octopus ring or necklace or some other trinket of their likeness. They are truly a remarkable sea creature indeed.