A few days ago, I was with some friends deciding what to eat, Hunger! And we saw an open restaurant.
–No way! –I said–. I refuse to eat octopus. And they were stunned me wondering what the hell happened.
I explained that it was a highly intelligent animal. They looked me thinking was a joke.
The Octopuses have evolved into a complex and hostile environment, adapting. While the body is simplified structure types, head and arms, on the other hand, have developed to a difficult to really understand.
We could say, simplifying a Octopus is basically a “Tocón” and “Voyeur”.
“Tocón” is a spanish word that means: who touch all things, all time. To be a “Tocón” is served by hundreds and hundreds of tactile cells that allow it, to recognize at the moment. Recall that these are 8 and are no small matter, as this ensures that its interface is much higher. They too are your taste organ, as they are literally carpeted with cells that end.
And “voyeur”, because all notes from those eyes nearly as developed as ours and are located on both sides of the head so covering a total view of his surroundings.
In addition, he is a specialist in mimicry. Changing the color, pattern and texture of the body gets resemble the substrate where it is located. This change in appearance does thanks to cells called chromatophores. These are loaded with pigments and disposed throughout its body surface. And is a master doing this! To see it in the environment requires practice, because normally we are close of Octopus and we think there’s a stone or a piece of sand.
And all this for what serves? To be the best hunter and a master of camouflage.
In othe hand, if we want to see your romantic side, octopuses are perfect aquatic lovers. When “make love” the passionate embrace of nature exist: bind gathering 8 arms (in total 16 arms!). The male takes this “closeness” to enter one arm (with a bag of sperm) in the body of the female.
The Octopus moves a huge economy in several countries, form an inseparable part of food culture. But pollution of the coast and overexploitation in their catches have made natural populations have diminished considerably in recent years. If we add to this the fact that today is not a profitable aquaculture species and is still much appreciated in restaurants a wild specimen another fattened in captivity, Octopus’s future is not very encouraging.
Here in Lembeh Strait you see a several types of Octopus, most of them amazing critters like Blue-ringed octopus, Mimic, wonderpus…
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