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Common Octopus


Common Octopus
Habitat

Found in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of South Africa. They can also be found off the south coast of Britain. They tend to live 500 metres below the surface of the ocean in rocky areas.

Wild Diet

They hunt at dusk for crabs, crayfish and cockles. They paralyse their prey with venomous saliva.

Behaviour

They can change colour and skin texture to blend in with their surroundings and squeeze into small crevices with their extremely soft bodies.

Breeding

The common octopus will lay between 100,000 to 500,000 eggs but only 1 - 2 will hatch and survive into adulthood.

Threats

They are fished for by trawling on a large scale along the western coast of Africa.

Conservation

Least concern

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Octopus vulgaris
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