Cephalopods Of “Octonauts” In Real Life


If the Octonauts made you love tentacled creatures, would you still love them if you found out what they look like in real life? Find it out in this article about the cephalopods of Octonauts in real life!


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THE CEPHALOPODS MET BY THE OCTONAUTS

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Let’s start our list by knowing who the cephalopods are rescued and met by the Octonauts. You’re in luck since we’re going to feature the creatures that you’ve never seen before. The first one is the Vampire Squid. Peso met and befriended this squid. Next, our radar has detected an adorable squid, the Firefly Squid

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Of course, we won’t forget Professor Inkling’s friend, the Cuttlefish. Next, the only shelled cephalopod is called the Nautilus. He is going to be Kwazii’s new friend for an upcoming episode. Then, we’re going to meet the spectacular Flying Squid. Now, if the creatures we’ve featured are small to medium size, the next ones are on the gigantic spectrum, so buckle up!

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First, we’ll be having the Bigfin Squid that the Octonauts rescued to his tangled tentacles. Next, is the Giant Squid and Professor Inkling’s cousin named Irving. Lastly, we have Jeffrey, the Colossal Squid!


THE CEPHALOPODS IN REAL LIFE

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Firstly, we’re going to talk about what the Vampire Squid looks like in real life. According to the Aquarium of the Pacific, this squid got its “vampire” name because of its appearance. It has a cape-like covering on its tentacles, possesses spined tentacles, and reddish in color. Next, the Firefly Squid has an elongated body and can measure from 4 to 8 centimeters, as revealed by the Animal Spot website. When it comes to color, this squid varies in color as some can be blue or yellow-colored. 

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Following the Firefly Squid, the Cuttlefish looks interesting in real life. Brittanica revealed that this cephalopod has a flattened body that is surrounded by narrow fins. Additionally, the Cuttlefish has eight arms and two longer tentacles directly attached to its head. Next, we are going to assesses how the Nautilus’ appearance. The Earth Rangers website stated that the Nautilus has a delicate shell that is painted with reddish-brown stripes. Under its hood, its eyes and tiny tentacles can be found. Moving on, let’s now have the Flying Squid. The Marine Bio website states that this squid has a triangular head, eight arms, and two large tentacles. 

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Now, for the Bigfin Squid, you might be slightly terrified about its appearance. We have read from The Guardian website that this creature possesses lengthy arms and tentacles that can measure up to 7 meters! Next, the Giant Squid can measure up to 43 meters and weigh a ton, as per the Smithsonian Ocean website. Now, if Irving the Giant Squid is gigantic, Jeffrey the Colossal Squid is humongous in real life! According to the Oceana website, this squid has the largest eyes, and its body measures 46 feet and weighs up to 1100 kilograms! Thus, the Colossal Squid is a large deep-sea predator.


THE CEPHALOPODS’ SUPERPOWERS

Unlike most of the squids, the Vampire Squid doesn’t squirt ink. Thus it has a different way of protecting itself from predators. First, it spreads its tentacles and webbing in a backward manner. Second, since its mantle is dark, it blends with the deep lightless ocean, making the squid undetectable to its predators. Next, the Firefly Squid is stunning in real life. With 800 photophores in its body, they emit a strong radiance that helps them appear larger. Thus, it effectively wards off its predators. 

Meanwhile, the Cuttlefish falls on the brainy spectrum. This cephalopod’s brain is larger than its body. With that, it possesses self-control. Next, the Nautilus practices osmosis that helps them create different water concentrations, thus making them stay floating. Now, for the million-dollar question, does the Flying Squid really fly? Well, this squid can propel itself outside of the water by releasing high pressured water before they open its arms and glide back to the water.

Next, let’s talk about the three extraordinary squids. Little information is known for the Bigfin Squid since it inhabits the deepest part of the ocean. However, the researchers believe that this creature uses its sticky tentacles to trap its prey. After the Bigfin Squid, the Giant Squid is a scary predator.

This creature has thousands of suckers on its tentacles and arms that allow it to capture and kill its prey. Finally, the Colossal Squid has a similar way of catching its prey with the Giant Squid. However, it is slightly different when it comes to its tentacles. These tentacles are covered with strong and sharp hooks used to kill the squid’s prey and fight its predators.

In conclusion, cephalopods are intelligent or strategic creatures equipped with brawns. Now, that’s a unique combination.


THE CEPHALOPODS’ HABITATS

For sure, you felt slightly terrified with these creatures. Especially knowing what their unique abilities are. According to the Field Museum website, these creatures can be found in shallow waters, the dark middle depth of the oceans, and the deep sea. That’s why there are still more creatures to be discovered since most of the cephalopods live in deep oceans. 


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References:

https://octonauts.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Cephalopods

https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/vampire_squid#:~:text=Physical%20Characteristics,of%20each%20arm%20has%20suckers

https://www.animalspot.net/firefly-squid.html

https://www.britannica.com/animal/cuttlefish

https://www.earthrangers.com/our-friends/whats-a-nautilus/#:~:text=Description%3A%20Nautilus%20are%20cephalopods%2C%20which,the%20surface%20of%20the%20ocean

https://www.earthrangers.com/our-friends/whats-a-nautilus/#:~:text=Description%3A%20Nautilus%20are%20cephalopods%2C%20which,the%20surface%20of%20the%20ocean

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/12/bigfin-squid-seen-in-australian-waters-for-first-time

https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/giant-squid

https://oceana.org/marine-life/cephalopods-crustaceans-other-shellfish/colossal-squid

https://www.fieldmuseum.org/blog/cephalopods-here-there-and-everywhere

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