Monday, January 18, 2010

Cyane's Octopus

The common name of this species is misleading,...Image via Wikipedia

If you've been following my blog, you might know that I absolutely adore octopi. While surfing the web, I found these "funny" videos about the Cyane's octopus (Octopus cyanea) also known as the Big Blue octopus or the Day octopus. This octopus is commonly found in Australia's Great Barrier Reef but it's range extends from Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean to East Coast of Africa and the Indian Ocean. 
Contraily to most octopi, O. cyanea is diurnal, it hunts during the day. To facilitate it's hunt, it can ,at will, change it's colouration and texture to match that of it's environment. (You can't say that's not cool, right?) With a mantle reaching an average radius of 16cm (~7") and it's legs extending to 80cm (~32"), O. cyanea is relatively large.

It's size and way of life makes O. cyanea

master of camouflage and visual deception.

Video1 : Mating Ritual where we learn that even octopi are sensitive about their "size"

 Video 2: O. cyanea out hunting where we learn another way they make sure they are left alone

For more information click here and scroll down.

Take care!

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