Elusive and Mysterious Blanket Octopus

Blanket octopuses (Tremoctopus violaceus) are so called because of the transparent webbing connecting their dorsal and dorsolateral arms, which resembles a large a large flowing blanket.

The “blanket” is a defense mechanism, and a handy one too, as Blanket Octopuses do not have ink to ward off predators. Instead, the Blanket Octopus will unfurl its blanket, making it look significantly larger and intimidating, with the intention of scaring off whatever threatens it.

(via: Amazing Earth)

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