Though it breathes through gills, the octopus is not a fish but a cephalopod marine mollusk. Also, unlike a fish, an octopus is an invertebrate, which means it doesn't have a backbone. It also has three hearts.Know More
The octopus is considered a mollusk because it has a mantle that holds the organs it uses for breathing and excretion and has a rasping tongue, or radula. The octopus also shares features of its nervous system with other mollusks. It has no bones, and the hardest part of its body is its beak.
The octopus is also a cephalopod because its large head is merged with its arms.Learn more about Octopi
Female octopuses reproduce by first fertilizing their eggs with the sperm from a male and then depositing and caring for her eggs. The young octopuses, however, must care for themselves. They must secure food and avoid predators in order to grow, mature and eventually reproduce themselves.Full Answer >
Upon hatching, a baby octopus is referred to as "larva." After making their way to the ocean's surface, the larvae remain there for one to three months. They are defenseless at this point, and many become food for predators.Full Answer >
The Dumbo octopus lives in ocean areas around New Zealand and Austrailia, in the Monterey Bay in California, in the waters around Oregon and the Philippines, as well as in Pupua, New Guinea. It was named for its similarity to Dumbo, the flying elephant featured in a Disney movie.Full Answer >
Sharks, killer whales and tuna are the main eaters of the dumbo octopus. Since it spends much of its life at depths ranging from 1,300 feet to more than 20,000 feet, the octopus does not have many predators.Full Answer >