Sunday, January 10, 2010
Pictured above is the Blue Ringed Octopus. The Octopus has the capabilities to use camouflage to hide its presence. It can also change colors according to its mood, whether it is attracting a mate or being aggressive. Another one of its unusual abilities is to shot out a cloud of black ink to foil its attackers so it can make a swift escape. If you are handling an Octopus there is no need to use Flexo ink cleaner or other cleaners since the "ink" is not really an ink but a bio-chemical known as melanin. Melanin is what gives us our hair and skin color.
Octopus do not live for very long. Their average life span is a short 6 months to about 4-5 years depending on the species. They are genetically programed to die shortly after reproducing. The male will live for about a month after mating and the female lives long enough to take care of her unhatched eggs. The young usually grow up not knowing or even seeing their parents.
All octopuses are venomous, but only the small blue-ringed octopuses are deadly to humans.
Labels: Marine biology