Do you know how, in the floor of an ocean, an octopus exhibits its amazing traits for changing the body color? Possibly, “no”. Well, let’s learn it here. This wonderful sea creature can change the skin color that matches with that of the environment. It is done to escape from the danger of predators. Camouflaging is also done to deceive the prey while catching it. Let us find out in how many colors can octopus change its skin to match the surrounding environment.

Stunning Facts about Camouflage in Octopus:

  • As a measure of defense against predators, the octopuses usually hide themselves for which they may either disappear from the scene or just do camouflaging or mimicry.
  • While engaged in mimicry or camouflaging, these cephalopod mollusks cannot be detected as octopuses.
  • If, unfortunately, an octopus gets seen by the predator, it utilizes a number of secondary defenses, which include fast escape and distraction by the use of ink sacs.
  • Sometimes, the octopuses also undergo autotomy of limbs to save their life from the danger. Isn’t it one of the amazing octopus facts?
  • There are specialized skin cells in octopus that are capable of changing the apparent color, opacity and the reflectivity of the body’s external layer (epidermis).
  • Though majority of the octopus species use three different colors for camouflaging, there are some that can switch to any of the five colors, viz. black, brown, red, orange and yellow.
  • Besides being used as a defense measure, the color changing ability is also utilized for warning or communicating with other octopuses.
  • Chromatophores, iridophores and leucophores are the three types of cells that are responsible for color changing in octopuses.
  • When disturbed, the highly venomous blue-ringed octopuses change their appearance to bright red.
  • For achieving greater camouflage, these mollusks can change the texture of their body by the use of muscles in their skin.
  • Among other octopus facts, there include scraggly or bumpy texture like that of a rock and the spiky appearance of a seaweed.
  • As compared with their nocturnal or sand-dwelling relatives, the octopuses active during the day show more complexity in their skin color.
  • The arm autotomy performed by an octopus resembles the way skinks and other lizards break off their tails to escape from danger.
  • The arm detached from the body of an octopus starts crawling on ocean floor. It causes distraction for the sea creatures that come to prey on it.

Octopus Facts for Children

It is not just camouflaging, there are many other things that are quite fascinating about octopuses for children. Let us have a look at some of these octopus facts as listed below:

  • A limb severed from the body of an octopus remains sensitive to stimuli. So unpleasant sensations cause distraction for it.
  • Do you know the most intelligent of all invertebrate animals is none other than octopus?
  • These animals show high degree of sensitivity to the environmental stimuli as it has been confirmed through scientific research.
  • They not only understand the behavior of their prey but also remember its habitat that is an essential trait of a predator.
  • The research works investigating the learning behavior of octopus indicate that it can learn through observation.
  • These cephalopod mollusks also have the ability to solve problems. For example, these have been seen as unscrewing a lid to get prey or food from the container.
  • Have you heard of Paul the Octopus, an octopus that lived from 2008 to 2010? He made several predictions about the finals of football association’s matches which often came true!
  • Octopuses are known for constructing gardens and fortresses around their lairs for which they use crustacean shell and other similar objects.
  • After having noticed their individualized responses and temperaments, the scientists have developed a view that each individual member of the family has its own personality.
  • The venomous saliva, ejected from their mouth, helps in subduing and killing the prey. There are also beaklike jaws that can deliver a nasty bite to the victim.
  • There is a category of mimic octopuses that can quickly change the shape of their body and seem like the animals they are mimicking.

Conclusion:

On the basis of all these stunning octopus facts, it won’t be wrong to enlist these animals among the weirdest creatures of the aquatic environment. They can not only switch their appearance into five different colors but also mimic the body shape of other animals. These are the tactics for defense against any possible danger to their life. Other safety measures include autotomy of limbs, ejection of venomous saliva, construction of gardens and fortresses and the use of ink sacs. So surprisingly, octopuses are the most intelligent of all invertebrate animals on earth. As an essential trait of a predator, these creatures have ability to remember the habitat of their prey as well as comprehend their behavior. At the same time, their capacity to learn through observation is also something worth noticing.

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