Orange octopus: Exotic Marine Creature
Orange octopus; the name says it all. This exotic marine creature is also known as the “sea clown“. Bright orange with a red dotted black and white patch around its head is the common description of this interesting orange octopus (stratiform mollusk).
No wonder they are called clowns! Other characteristics include an unusually large nose, smallmouth, grayish gray color, large eyes, hooked beak, and a sort of wiggly black tube.
Orange octopus (stratiform mollusk) in the wild lives primarily in salt water, but has been known to venture into fresh water too.
When not Indo-Pacific, they prefer fresh water on the west coast of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest coast, or southern California.
They are omnivorous predators that feed on small fish and crustaceans. Their distinguishing characteristics make them unique among mollusks (not true cephalopods).
There are several distinguishing characteristics of an orange octopus. Long, segmented tentacles that grow to about one or two feet long.
These can reach a length over four inches when fully stretched. These strong, thin, strong arms to give them the appearance of them are waving.
The orange octopus’s suckers (or “tentacles”) are also segmented, though not quite as long as the tentacles.
Color Changes Behaviors
In addition, an orange octopus’s color changes over its length from bright orange to a more subdued color ranging from orange-red to pale orange over its entirety, including its arms and beak.
And it’s tough to decide whether the orange octopus is male or female. This is because it has a reproductive organ (the cloaca), which can only be seen from the rear.
The eyes of the orange octopus vary in color from red to purple, with the iris being colored either black or red.
Orange Octopus Ages
The average lifespan of an orange octopus is approximately five years. They can live up to ten years in captivity, though they are rarely seen alive beyond that time.
They generally like a high oxygen environment. Although they can live for many years, they can be forced to hibernate or even die if their environment is very cold or very wet.
They must be notorious to perish in cold temperatures of up to -2 degrees Fahrenheit. Even then, however, they are capable of hatching.
Popular In Marine Research
An Orange Octopus is popular in marine research. Their shell membranes have been found to contain calcium carbonate. When shooting with a ray gun, this calcium carbonate emits a strong jet of water.
This jet of water pushes itself against the sides of the opening of the octopus shell, forcing the octopus inside.
This is the reason why scientists sometimes shot octopuses with cameras to film them moving inside of their tanks.
The soft tissue inside of an orange octopus is incredibly tough, even when cut, and is often the basis for the strength of its defense mechanism.
Some Beautiful Features
- The octopus is not normally a big fish, but the name ‘orange’ just happens to fit its coloration very well. It measures about 5″ in length. A large individual may reach a bit over seven inches in length. Extremely squishy, super soft, and extremely buoyant, the orange octopus is a very attractive display specimen.
- The octopus gets its name from the way it moves when it is disturbed. Each individual octopus has a sort of nervous tic. When that tic is disturbed, the octopus moves around, tenting out at the sides and kicking the sides of itself forward. The tentacles are the longest in this movement, and they can reach several feet out of the water.
- An orange octopus, as its name suggests, is orange in color. Its dorsal area is a bright orange color, and its arms and tentacles all have some orange mixed into them. Its head is red and jagged, and it is widely held by the octopus since it is so widely used as a weapon. The orange octopus is an extremely good swimmer, which is a quality that helps it not get trapped in the muck and debris. If it can’t move, it can hide.
- This species of octopus belongs to the family of cephalopods. They are not considered true cephalopods because their mouth is not totally sealed like the baked ones. Instead, there are “crow’s feet” on their ventral mouth. And while they do breathe through this vent, it does so abnormally – this makes them not really breathe through their gills, but rather through their throats.
- This octopus gets its name from the fact that its arm movements look like the motion of an orange. The octopus arms have spiny tips that help to squeeze the prey that the orange octopus holds into tight bites. Because of the octopus’ ability to move with such quick movements, it can even squeeze its prey between its legs. Because of this, it has been compared to a stingray, although the orange octopus has no sting capabilities.