May 20, 2022 3:12 pm

Impressive discovery: they capture in Australia a strange octopus of which there was no trace 20 years ago

The life of Jacinta Shackleton goes through the animals. After becoming a marine biologist, she devoted her time to studying the species that inhabit the deep ocean. This is how in his Instagram account you can see images and videos of different animals, some more common and others more strange. To that we must add a photography course you did to show more impressive results in the photos you share from the Marine life. However, what happened to her this time marked a before and after for her because, on one of her outings in Australia, ran into a blanket octopus, a species last seen ago 20 years.

“Today I had an amazing dive and I found a blanket octopus. It is a rare species of pelagic octopus that spends its entire life in the open sea. The last time one of them was seen was in 2002″, narrated Shackleton in the epigraph of his posting on networks.

From his camera, he captured on video the smooth movement of this species, very different from the traditional specimens of octopuses. With only two tentacles that look like a sheet -hence the origin of its name- and a striking orange color, the little animal continued with its swim ignoring the presence of the specialist.

There was no video record of the blanket octopus since 2002

Some time later, he shared some photos of that moment and accompanied them with a little more information. “A strange blanket octopus. Some images of my encounter with this young female. The colors are incredible and fascinating to look at while moving in the water. Undoubtedly, a unique encounter”.

Only females have these characteristicsInstagram: @jacintashackleton

This species of octopus, also called Tremoctopus, It is part of the family of cephalopod molluscs and is usually found only in tropical oceans. The females have large membranes within its two -and only- tentacles, which they have a shape similar to that of a sheet, which is why they are given this particular name.

Another peculiarity that characterizes this species It is the great difference in size that exists between a female and a male. The former can reach two meters long and have the capacity to transport about 100,000 fertilized eggs. For its part, the seconds rarely exceed the four centimeters and once they complete mating, they die.

This species has a great sexual dimorphism, the physical difference between males and females being abysmal.
This species has a great sexual dimorphism, the physical difference between males and females being abysmal.

The only ones that have the membrane that gives them their name are the females, they serve them not only to move and move at low depths, but to ward off predators.

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