FEATURE ANIMAL: BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS!
We’ve traveled to the Western Pacific Ocean, near Australia today to meet our creepy crawly Feature Animal. Yesterday was also World Octopus Day- so we knew we had to track down this elusive creature. It wasn’t easy to spot this cephalopod, but we did!
BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS!
Range/Habitat: Marine shallows, coral reefs/Western Pacific Ocean
Diet: Carnivore: crabs, fish, mollusks
Length/Weight: 5-7 1/2″/26 g
Conservation Status: common
• Blue ringed octopuses are known to hide in caves, crevices and trash, such as bottles and cans.
• They are diurnal (hunt during the day).
•Blue ringed octopuses are shy!
• Blue ringed octopuses are extremely toxic. Their venom is more toxic than any land animal.
• They are not normally aggressive towards humans.
• They have rough wrinkly skin.
• Blue ringed octopuses display their famous blue spots when they feel threatened. This is called warning coloration.
• They are invertebrates.
• Blue ringed octopuses are considered intelligent.
We love octopuses! They are such amazing creatures and so smart! Have you ever seen one solve a puzzle in an aquarium? Here’s a video of one opening a jar to get dinner! You humans are no match for our big brains- said all octopus :)!