Eight is Great!
We were so excited to spot today’s animal at camp while on a snorkeling trip! It’s always amazing to see new species (new to us) and today we are meeting the commons octopus.
Common Octopus Fun Facts:
- Common octopus can grow up to 4 feet long and weigh around 22 lbs.
- These carnivores eat mollusks, crabs and other shellfish.
- They have venomous saliva to help subdue any prey.
- They have some of the most amazing camouflage techniques in the animal world. They can change their color and texture instantly to blend in with their surroundings. They have special cells in their skin and muscles that help them do so.
- The common octopus can also release ink to avoid predators.
- They are most active at dusk and dawn.
- Common octopus are highly intelligent and are known to raid lobster traps and open jars in aquariums.
- Octopus are able to absorb water through their gills and their skin!
We looooove all cephalopods and it is always fun to share more about them with our campers! Do you love them as much as us?
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Our annual printable Valentines are here! Download, cut out, glue to a blank card and give! Don’t forget the glitter! Hehehe!
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MOMS WATERY WEDNESDAY
We’re diving down to the depths of the ocean to meet today’s fabulous mom! The ocean is full of moms large and small, some that give live birth and some that lay eggs and go about their way! This cephalopod lays her eggs and then protects them until they hatch! But it’s not that simple, so let’s grab our diving gear and meet these special animals!
MEET THE COMMON OCTOPUS!
Range/Habitat: Mediterranean- North Atlantic/ rocky bottoms
Diet: Carnivore: crabs, crustaceans, mollusks
Length: Head 9” arms up 3 ft
Conservation Status: Common
- Common octopi are cephalopods.
- They have no skeleton and four pairs of arms.
- Common octopi are considered very intelligent.
- Common octopus moms lay up to 50,000 eggs in a dark cave.
- They stay with the eggs while they develop, generally around 2-6 months.
- Common octopus moms take care of the eggs, by cleaning, holding and blowing oxygen over them.
- They will not hunt or eat while they are taking care of the eggs.
- Common octopus moms pass away soon after the babies hatch.
Wow, octopus moms give their life to make sure that their babies hatch safely! That is one amazing mom! We thought octopi before and now we love them even more!!
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