There are over 300 species of octopus throughout the world's oceans! No wonder there is a whole day to celebrate them.
As today is October 8th we once agains celebrate the weird yet wonderful world of octopus! Today we travel around the world looking at some of the different species of octopus out there.
Research shows that a lot of modern octopus species evolved from an Antarctic ancestor that was around 30 million years ago! Octopus that live in these freezing cold waters have a clever way to keep their blood moving and delivery oxygen to different organs, recent studies have found that they may have a specialized blood pigment to help sustain their oxygen supply. Learn more here.
The octopus captured in the image below is thought to be Adelieledone.
| Photo credit: Shaylyn Potter - Follow on Instagram @save.our.plankton
Dumbo Octopus - Indian Ocean
This adorable species of octopus is currently the the deepest dwelling in the world! They can be found at depths of 23,000 ft but typically are recorded at 19,700ft. They are named after Disney's Dumbo due to their large lateral ear-like flippers. Not much is known about this rare octopus, we do know that they are on average between 8 inches and 12 inches long and because they live at such great depths they are rarely disturbed by human activity.
| Photo Credits: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition, Find Image Here on Flickr
Giant Pacific Octopus - Pacific Ocean
The giant pacific octopus is the largest of all the octopus species, on average they grow to 16 ft and weigh around 110 lbs. Though the largest on record grew to a whopping 30 ft and weighed an incredible 600 lbs! Learn more about them here.
| Photo Credits: Annie Crawley - Follow her on Instagram @anniecrawley_oceanannie
Southern Blue-Ringed Octopus - Australia
One of the most striking octopus species in the ocean is the Southern Blue-Ringed Octopus with their incredible, bright blue rings that become even more vivid when they feel threatened. These rings are a warning to predators because believe it or not theses octopus, that grow to just 10 inches in length, are hosts to a deadly venom that could kill a human! It is best to avoid them as there is no known cure to treat the venom. Learn more about these amazing octopi.
| Photo Credits: Michael Eisenbart - Follow him on Instagram @michaels_bubbles
Curled Octopus - Atlantic Ocean
Also known as the "Lesser Octopus" the curled octopus are found throughout most of the Atlantic Ocean in rocky coasts and shallow shores, though they can be found in deeper water to depths of 1000m. They spend most of their time hiding away in crevices and between rocks. It is thought that their numbers are increasing as their natural predators decline which is causing problems for fishermen as octopus raid their lobster and crab pots. Learn more about them here.
| Photo Credits: James Lynott - Follow him on Instagram @jameslynott_photo
Original Octopus Ring
The Original Octopus Ring is a classic here at Ocean Helper, crafted by expert metalworkers, this ring is not only a punk style tribute to the epic octopus but it is also adjustable to fit almost all fingers!
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