Walking octopus videos! This little baby one above stands out because it’s so very tiny and cute. There’s a bit more at Octopus Chronicles as to why they might be found out of the water. (Hint: nom nom nom.)
“Crawling along out of water is not uncommon for species of octopus that live in the intertidal or near shore,” [senior curator of marine invertebrates at the Museum Victoria in Australia Julian] Finn says. [Marine biologist James]Wood has seen several different species of octopuses getting around this way in the course of his research. As he points out, however, most species of octopuses are nocturnal, so we humans are less likely to catch them creeping out of the ocean.
Why would an octopus struggle across land, when its boneless body seems so unfit for moving out of water? For the chance to find some tasty shellfish and snails, most likely. When the tide goes down, “many octopus species emerge to hunt in the pools of water left behind by the receding tide,” Finn notes.
Watch a few more walking octopuses on this site.
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