I have always been fascinated with octopuses. Their loving behaviour, high intelligence and record-breaking size and weight. So I would like you to join me as I deep-sea dive trying to discover some of the more amazing and unusual species of this incredible sea creature…
10 – Genus Hapalochlaena – www.tumblr.com/tagged/blue-ring-octopus
The blue-ringed octopus species live in small tidal pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian sea. While not very big they are among the deadliest animals in the sea.
9 – Benthoctopus – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benthoctopus
Benthoctopus is actually a genus of the deep-sea octopus who crawls over timbers within shipwrecks. Mainly seen in the Northeast Atlantic sea, very little is known about this rare and shy creature.
8 – Tremoctopus – markscherz.tumblr.com/post/59523277482/thejunglenook-creepicrawlies-blanket-octopus
The “blanket” part of this octopuses name is a reference to the long transparent webs stretched between the blanket octopus’ arms like vast blankets of flesh. When the octopus feels threatened, it displays them in their entirety making it look much larger than it actually is.
7 – Vulcanoctopus Hydrothermal – scienceblogs.com/deepseanews/2007/04/11/from-the-desk-of-zelnio-vulcan
This small benthic octopus lives in superheated hydrothermal vents. Its eyes are covered by a thin semi-translucent skin that helps him see in the deepest of waters.
6 – Octopus Wolfi – uk.pinterest.com/pin/370280400583550984
Known as the world’s smallest octopus, you can find this tiny octopus in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. But you might want to bring a magnifying glass.
5 – Amphioctopus margins – uk.pinterest.com
The coconut octopus is a medium-sized cephalopod that uses coconut shells as a ready-made shelter. It can also be pretty resourceful using just about any cover it can hide from predators.
4 – Enteroctopus Dofleini – gawker.com/happy-tourists-catch-rare-octopus-beat-it-to-death-an-925715906
The Giant Pacific octopus of the North Pacific is one of the largest marine cephalopods on the planet. They can grow bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species, in fact, the record size for this species is a monster slaying 30 feet (9.1 meters) long!
3 – Thaumoctopus Mimicus – www.divetime.com/photos/Featured/Mark_Webster/Mimic_Wonderpus_Octopus_2873.html
The mimic octopus got its name because it really can impersonate other species like fish and crabs! It lives exclusively in nutrient-rich estuarine bays of Indonesia and Malaysia only.
2 – Vitrelladonella Richardi – e-are-star-stuff.tumblr.com/post/64517975753/earth-song-vitrelladonella-richardi-we-have
This incredible and very rare species of the deep sea is totally translucent. While very might seem delicate they are quite a think skinned predator!
1 – Grimpoteuthis – www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03files/Crypto_Zoology_Deep_Sea_01.html
This is the Dumbo octopuses are so named for their likeness to the Disney elephant character. It lives some 6600 feet below the water’s surface and its just one of 37 different finned deep-sea octopuses.