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Title: Common octopus
Photographer: Marta & Mark Rubio - Bockstael
Taken on: 2017-09-12 13:20:00
Uploaded on: 2018-02-25 08:25:17
Camera: Olympus SP550 Ultra Zoom
License: © All rights reserved
Marine Animal: Octopus vulgaris, Cuvier, 1797
Business: No business associated
Photo description: The common octopus hunts at dusk. Crabs, crayfish, and bivalve mollusks are preferred, although the octopus will eat 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. The prey is paralyzed by a nerve poison, which the octopus secretes in its saliva, and the octopus is able to grasp its prey using its powerful arms with their two rows of suckers. If the victim is a shelled mollusc, the octopus uses its beak to punch a hole in the shell before sucking out the fleshy contents. Olympus XZ-1
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