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Blue-ringed Octopus facts: a Small Cephalopod with a Deadly Bite | Animal Fact Files

Blue-ringed Octopus facts: a Small Cephalopod with a Deadly Bite | Animal Fact Files


Today on animal fact files We’re going to be looking at the blue ringed octopus. If you like learning facts about animals then subscribe to this channel so you can stay up to date on all the new content! You’ve probably heard of it… super deadly could probably kill you just by looking at you, beautiful bright blue rings of death, the deadliest things ever! While those statements are exaggerations, they’re based in truth. The blue ringed octopus is more venomous than any terrestrial, or land dwelling. animal. There are actually (video is wrong) FOUR species of blue ring octopuses, and they live in shallow water of the Pacific ocean primarily as bottom dwellers. They can be found along the coasts of Australia, Japan Papua, new Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Although that may sound like a broad area, because they only live in shallow, temperate waters their habitats range is rather small. They’re non aggressive in opposition to their stigma and are usually found hiding in crevices, empty sea shells, and even thrown out bottles and cans. If you were aware of their existence before stumbling into this episode, you may be surprised to learn that they are actually extremely small. A blue ringed octopus will only grow to a few inches in length and that’s including their legs. Most of them are about the size of a golf ball and that’s once they reach adulthood blue ringed octopus –is equus tations and the occasional small fish they hunt by enveloping their prey Disallowing them to escape and puncturing a small hole into their shells then they just kind of drool Everywhere their saliva toxic so it ends up paralyzing the prey bluering octopuses Actually have two different sets of toxins one used for feeding just as I described and another used for defense The toxin released for defense, that’s the scary one I guess for those crustaceans They’re probably both pretty scary The Venom itself was actually made via a symbiotic relationship between the octopus and a bacteria, and it’s mouse Adult blue ringed Octopus is like the ability to ink as a means of defense, so they only have their venom on which to rely Well that knows crazy blue rings a blue ring octopus will only display its rings when threatened they Use these as a sign to ward off potential predators as if saying hey I could probably kill you and they can flash these rings in a third of a second, so this ask for this s like this The reason they can perform this actions so fast is because when the rings are not visible They’re actually simply being hidden under folds of the octopus of skin when an octopus wants to reveal its rings It only has to uncover them although. It’s not been determined How long young octopuses live before they mature? Once they have matured and are ready to mate their fate has basically been sealed as the mating process kills both parents involved Female bluering octopuses will remain with her eggs protecting them until they hatch This can last anywhere from a month to a few months depending on the species during this time the female blue ringed octopus won’t eat Shortly after her babies have hatched she’ll die This is actually common of most octopus species the lifespan of a blue ringed octopus is a short one Which is what makes this next point all the more confusing Bluering octopuses are actually kept as pets Yes, even though they live extremely short life, and yes, even though. They are highly deadly They are kept by some people as pets It’s been theorized that this trade is actually hurting blue ringed octopus populations Although we don’t currently have statistics on the population of this animal due to habitat destruction and the pet trade it’s been guessed that their numbers are on the decline as Pets many bluering octopuses either don’t survive shipping or perish after only a few weeks to a few days after arrival Plus they really can kill you and there is no known antidote to their venom just an FyI for any exotic Enthusiasts out there on a lighter note as deadly as they are and as hype is their stigma Maybe there have only been three confirmed deaths in the past century by bluering octopuses Still three is three too many in my mind, and it’s always best to be cautious while in the habitat of these tiny cephalopods For more information on the blue ringed octopus feel free to browse through my citations in the description below let me know It’s animal you’d like to see next in the comments Thank you for watching and be sure to give a thumbs up for more animal fact files

Comments (12)

  1. That's very helpful with my science project

  2. Is itor oregon😵😵😱

  3. She has a very cute voice!!

  4. Thre venom is ttx or tentrodotoxin

  5. Thx for ❤️ my comment

  6. Great video.The commentary was superb,if you haven't already,you should pursue a career in broadcasting.You have a talent,share it

  7. Love your voice . I would like to ask u out and treat u like a lady

  8. I need one of these when i turn 50. Cant let my body slowly torture me for the next 3 decades

  9. I work on a oyster farm on the Australian east coast and see them all the time there numbers are doing great in my area

  10. I knew a good majority of these facts because of a report i did in second grade, but i did learn some new stuff so thanks for that

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