Interesting Octopus Facts

September 28, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

The largest Giant Pacific Octopus ever caught weighed about 600 pounds, about the same weight as a Brown bear!

Using a network of pigment cells and specialized muscles in its skin, the common octopus can almost instantaneously blend into pretty much any background using its elaborate camouflage.

The octopus’s predators include moray and conger eels, dolphins and sharks.

An octopus will intentionally lose one of its arms as a decoy to predators, allowing it to escape. A new arm will regrow in six to eight weeks. (source)

The octopus has 1,920 suction cups.

A baby octopus is on an average two to five inches in length.

Octopuses have a short life span, from 6 months to a few years.

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