Dive into the ocean and discover fascinating facts about octopuses, which for centuries have captivated everyone from old fishermen to children. These eight-armed whimsical creatures have evolved to be masters of disguise and fierce hunters of the sea.
The oldest octopus fossil is from 296 MIILION years ago!
Though they may look like they enjoy seaweed and other plants of the sea, I wouldn’t be too eager to pick up their tab. Octopus are meat-loving creatures with their sharp beak helping them eat crabs, lobster and clams.
The largest octopus on record was a Giant Pacific Octopus weighing in at a whopping 600 pounds and measuring 30 feet long! However, these giant octopuses normally weigh in at just over 100 pounds.
Octopus can have up to 280 suction cups on each arm. We did the math this time — that’s 2,240 suction cups in total!
Some octopuses can change colors in one-tenth of a second. Talk about in the blink of an eye!
An octopus has 9 brains to help control all of its arms and legs! No wonder why they are so smart.
The Blue-Ringed Octopus has enough venom to kill 26 humans within minutes. It’s best to admire this beauty through photos.
An octopus has three hearts! Two hearts pump blood through its gills for oxygen, while the other pumps blood around its body. The latter heart stops beating when the octopus swims, which is why they are often found crawling along the ocean floor.
There are around 300 species of octopus living in the oceans! Multiply that by the number of octopuses within each species ... yeah, we’ll let you do the math to figure out how many arms that is!