Blue-ringed octopus

Blue-Ringed Octopus

Photo Credit: Angell Williams


Name: Blue-Ringed Octopus

Class: Invertebrate

Origin: Tide Pools & Coral Reefs In The Pacific & Indian Ocean

Habitat: Tide Pools & Coral Reefs

Size: Body:5cm Tentacles:10cm & 28g

Speed: 25mph

Diet: Small Crab & Shrimp

Predators: Groupers, Eels, Sharks & Snappers

Attack/Defense: When the blue ringed octopus feels threatened it will turn its rings a bright blue colour to scare off predators if this doesnt work it will shoot out ink so it can make a quick escape.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Life Expectancy: 2 years

fascinating facts


They are the only octopuses that are venomous to humans and have enough venom to kill up to 26 humans within minutes 


Both the male and female die during the reproductive process. The male dies immediately after mating. The female will then lay up to 100 eggs which she will protect with her life during the 1-2 month gestation period though out this time she will not eat at all which ultimately results in her dying from lack of strength.


 Despite there beautifully bright colours they can only see in black & white.


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