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Octopus

  • SEA LIFE, Shipwreck

Which creature has three hearts, eight arms and a doughnut shaped brain?

You guessed it, it’s the octopus!

Octopus are molluscs which means they are from the same phylum (or family) as Slugs and Snails as well as Cuttlefish and Squid. They are well known for being very clever. In fact, they are one of the most intelligent invertebrate species (that means animals with no backbone). Generally, Octopuses are solitary creatures that hunt at dusk. They eat all manner of things from crabs to crayfish and even other molluscs.

Boy touching the octopus tank at SEA LIFE

Having no bones makes these cunning predators hard to evade!

Octopus Vulgaris

They can squeeze into tiny nooks

To get to their dinner, they can squeeze into tiny nooks and crannies. As long as the gap is large enough for their eyeballs, they can fit! They can also change the colour of their skin to camouflage perfectly with their surroundings, helping them to sneak up on prey as well as hide from predators.