Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tremendous Tremoctopus

Check this guy out! He lives right near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

"Females of the genus Tremoctopus react to predators by unfurling an immense, colorful membrane from their tentacles that trails like a flag as they retreat. Predators are much more likely to attack this fragile cloak than the octopus' vital parts, and they are quickly discouraged by mouthful after mouthful of the tasteless film. Male tremoctopus are less than 1% the size of females, and mate by filling one of their own tentacles with sperm before ripping it off and presenting it to the female. He will die shortly thereafter. Females have also been observed pulling tentacles off the venomous Portuguese Man O' War and carrying them as defensive weapons." (Bogleech)

See this website! And this one too!

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