The boneless bodies, razor like sharp beaks, with eyeballs bulging out, and not to forget the serpentine arms, the cephalopods like squids, octopuses are regarded by many as fantastic, otherworldly wonders of nature which tantalize human imagination. These scary and incredible cephalopods adopt even weirder habits and forms.
Here are some most divergent, unusual creatures from an existing outlandish and taxonomic world.
10. The flapjack Octopus– This octopus with a weird name resembles a sheet ghost and happens to be a deep-sea cephalopod. Their strange feature is the smooth saucer like shape. What they eat or how they reproduce is still a mystery. But all they do well has been proven. They crawl or hover along sludgy bottom of abyss which is flattened to almost the perfect puddles.
9. The Pygmy Squid- This is the world’s tiniest squid- Idiosepius notoides. They are not even as long as an inch. They survive among blades of the sea grass and fit into them like insects of the aquatic meadow. Patches of cells stick along the squid’s back allowing them to cling on to the grass blades firmly whenever they require resting leaving the tentacles free and save them from getting swept away by the currents. They attach the eggs to the blades of the grass as the female keeps a watch.
8. The Telescope Octopus– This is a transparent dweller of the deep sea. It is characterized by tubular eyeballs. The eye stalks rotate independently and possess an extra-ordinary vision. Amphitretus pelagicus–is among the only species known to belong to its peculiar family. It has never seen to crawl on the floor of the sea.
7. Arm- Thrower– This one when attacked can detach more than one arm which is hook-lined and has the power of wrapping whatever they get to touch. Many cephalopods share this ability of shedding the arms but it is only this deletron which has its arms adapted to fight back. Its attack autonomy is known to only a few other animals like honey bees.
6. Paper Nautilus– This is also called the Argonauts, are the most unusual and a seldom seen group of the octopus family. They are named after their papery thin shells which are secreted by females and are carried along with them like mobile nests for the young and also their eggs. The males live only for the sake of reproducing and also die as soon as they break off a long tentacle filled with sperm inside the mantle of the female. The reproductive tentacle is their third arm on the right and is safely carried within a pouch giving the tiny male an appearance with seven arms.
The female Argonauts have been spotted to be attached to bells of the larger jellyfishes which save them from the fierce enemies. They do suck food from the fish’s gastric content.
5. Flamboyant Cuttlefish
This is the only mollusk with quadrupedal gait like us vertebrates. It crawls up to its prey and shoots it’s both tentacles like a frog or a chameleon. It is known to confuse its prey and has amazing capability of camouflage.
4. Spiny Cranch squid– This glass squid have a remarkably transparent body and can form a balloon out of their own body to protect themselves. They can also pull in their tentacles and the head inside like that of a turtle.
3. Vampire Squid- It has a scary red skin, a false eye on its head, the tentacles are joined in the form of a web and has finger like spines and is found in that zone where the sea water usually stagnates. This is not a true squid or even a true octopus.
2. Long armed squid– This is the strangest elbowed squid ever discovered. Its body is just a feet long with tentacles almost twenty times bigger than the body making the whole length nearly thirty or forty feet.
These tentacles are very stretchy, of the same length and are held away by the joint elbows near their base. This feature has never been found before. It undulates sluggishly with its fins. It quietly hovers in the water with minimum effort. It behaves exactly like a huge jelly fish or says a flesh eating spider.
1. Cock-Eyed Squid–
This is the most incredible cephalopod. It is also famous as the jewel-squid or maybe the cock-eyed squid. It has eyes of every side of its vody. And no eye resembles the other. The left eye bulges out and is bigger than the other and even very ultra sensitive. The right eye sees the abyss as a black place. It plays the trick known as bioluminescent cryptis. They also shine in order to hide in the dark.