Rare footage shows unusual octopus and puffer fish interaction

Divers encountered a strange fight between an octopus and a pufferfish, off Fregate Island in the Seychelles. The octopus appears to be trying to make a meal of the fish, but is that even possible? While octopuses have the capacity to eat creatures small and large, they usually don’t eat fish—especially poisonous ones. Pufferfish are filled with tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin hundreds of times more potent than cyanide. However, no one knows how this affects octopuses. In addition to this chemical defence pufferfish are covered in spines. Octopuses' arms, however, are nimble and malleable, able to wrap around sharp edges without injury. The divers had to leave the scene before seeing the final outcome, so scientists can only speculate which of the two came out alive.

Watch 1,000 ‘Octo-mums’ in World’s Largest Deep-sea Octopus Nursery

This is an octopus nursery unlike any observed before. The octopuses appear inside-out because they are in a brooding posture. Mothers wrap their arms around their bodies and their eggs to protect them. Around 1,000 octopuses were observed, and nearly all appeared to be brooding. The Muusoctopus robustusis a deep-sea species rarely observed. This is only the second deep-sea octopus nursery on record – the first was discovered off Costa Rica in spring 2018.

Rare Dumbo Octopus Shows Off For Deep-sea Submersible

Commonly called a ‘dumbo’ octopus, this deep-sea cephalopod has lateral fins that resemble big ears. Little is known about the ghostly white Grimpoteuthis octopus's behaviour, because it's rarely observed. Crew aboard the E/V Nautilus had an exciting encounter with the rare, ghostly white cephalopod. The Nautilus is surveying an unexplored area of Davidson Seamount, an inactive volcano. The rocky habitat hosts large coral forests, sponge fields, and abundant unidentified species.

Watch an Octopus Hitch a Ride on a Diver’s Arm

This creature hitched a ride on a diver off the coast of Cannes, France. It camouflaged to match the arm it was hugging. It's not unusual for an octopus to inspect a diver. Each sucker may contain 10,000 neurons used to feel and taste. This octopus was probably curious, and the diver did a good job to stay calm and let the octopus leave on its own accord.

Hundreds of Octopus Moms Found in Deepest Nursery Ever Discovered

It's a very unusual sight - a deep water nursery where hundreds of octopus moms are incubating their eggs.  

Octopuses Mate With a Special “Sex Arm”

Watch this game of cat-and-mouse between a male and female octopus and find out why it's so important. 

Why Is This Coconut Octopus Walking So Strangely?

Watch this coconut octopus and the unusual way it moves as it hunts and eats its prey.

Brightly Coloured Blue-Ringed Octopus is One of the Ocean’s Deadliest

Watch as a blue-ringed octopus shows off its colours in a mesmerising way to warn off attackers.

Electric Octopus

An octopus uses camouflage as its first line of defence against predators—a mesmerising sight.

Octopus vs. Mantis Shrimp

The octopus has a venomous beak, but the shrimp can punch with the force of a bullet—who will win?

Sneaky Octopus Tries to Steal Dinner From a Fisherman

A fisherman found an octopus trying to steal pinfish from a bait trap in Key West, Florida. Its tentacles grabbed the fish and attempted to pull them through the cage. The fisherman stated that he lowered the trap back in the water with the octopus attached. He joked, "I thought it would be rude to interrupt his dinner."

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