KNOW YOUR CEPHALOPODS
It’s Cephalopod Week here at Camp E&E and all over! We’ll be learning more about our mollusk friends, don’t worry we’ll get back to our Echinoderm friends soon.
CEPHALOPOD FUN FACTS:
- Cephalopods are marine mollusks. This means they are related snails and nudibranchs (distantly).
- Cephalopods include octopus, cuttlefish, nautilus and squid.
- All cephalopods have a head with eyes, a mantle that holds their organs and beak like mouth. Cephalopods are invertebrates- meaning they have no bones.
- Cephalopod limbs are attached to their heads.
- Octopus have 8 arms – yep they are called arms. Their arms are covered in suckers.
- Cuttlefish and squid have 8 arms and 2 tentacles.
- Nautilus have many tentacles and have no suckers. They unlike other cephalopods, have an outer shell.
- Cephalopods only live a year or two, except nautilus who live around 15 years.
- Cephalopods can change the color and texture of their skin to camouflage with their environment.
- Cephalopods have been around for about 500 million years.