The Octopus: champion in camouflage il polpo c’è riesci a vederlo Intotheblue.it
We met our “friend” during a dive in a rocky bottom a few meters from the surface. As you can see it is not easy to identify it among the rocks because its ability to blend in, so as not to be caught by predators, is truly exceptional. Only when we got very close did he become suspicious and started to move and then quickly flee.
The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda, is the most studied of all octopus species.
It is widespread in shallow waters, no more than 200 meters. It prefers rough, rocky substrates, because they are rich in hiding places, cracks and small caves where it hides to avoid being see by predators. Present in all seas and oceans, it is widespread in the Mediterranean Sea.
He is considered one of the most intelligent invertebrates. il polpo c’è riesci a vederlo Intotheblue.it
The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda. Octopus vulgaris is the most studied of all octopus species. It is considered cosmopolitan, that is, a global species, which ranges from the eastern Atlantic, extends from the Mediterranean and the southern coast of England, to at least Senegal in Africa. It also occurs off the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands. The species is also common in the Western Atlantic. The common octopus hunts at dusk. Crabs, crayfish, and bivalve molluscs (two-shelled, such as cockles) are preferred, although the octopus eats almost anything it can catch. It is able to change colour to blend in with its surroundings, and is able to jump upon any unwary prey that strays across its path. Using its beak, it is able to break into the shells of shelled molluscs. Training experiments have shown the common octopus can distinguish the brightness, size, shape, and horizontal or vertical orientation of objects.
The octopus uses gills as its respiratory surface. The gill is composed of branchial ganglia and a series of folded lamellae. Primary lamellae extend out to form demibranches and are further folded to form the secondary free-folded lamellae, which are only attached at their tops and bottoms. The tertiary lamellae are formed by folding the secondary lamellae in a fan-like shape. Water moves slowly in one direction over the gills and lamellae, into the mantle cavity and out of the octopus’ funnel. The octopus has three hearts, one main two-chambered heart charged with sending oxygenated blood to the body and two smaller branchial hearts, one next to each set of gills. The circulatory circuit sends oxygenated blood from the gills to the atrium of the systemic heart, then to its ventricle which pumps this blood to the rest of the body. Deoxygenated blood from the body goes to the branchial hearts, which pump the blood across the gills to oxygenate it, and then the blood flows back to the systemic atrium for the process to begin again.
(extract from Wikipedia)