I’d Like to be, Under the Sea, in an Octopus’s Garden in the Shade

I’d Like to be, Under the Sea, in an Octopus’s Garden in the Shade

It is always amazing to have an interactive experience with a marine animal.  One of the quirkiest little guys under the sea is the coconut octopus.  Their intelligence is remarkable and their antics are just plain funny.

Sadly, some of the most popular places to dive are cluttered with human pollution and the marine residents are forced to make the trash a part of their home.  In this image, taken in Lembeh, Indonesia, a coconut octopus has found a milk carton for one of the walls of his clam shell home.

Coconut Octopus using trash as a wall of its home
Coconut Octopus using trash as a wall of its home

In Anilao, Philippines, this coconut octopus found a coffee cup to live in.

Cup of Octopus
Cup of Octopus

When I found this cup of octopus, the cup had been tipped up.  But as I watched, the octopus began digging the sand out from under the cup.

Moving Sand
Moving Sand
Blowing Sand
Blowing Sand

Soon the cup became a roof over the octopus’ head, which I believe was its intention.

Tipping the Cup
Tipping the Cup

Most coconut octopus will find a shell or a coconut to live in.  This tiny octopus in Romblon, Philippines, found an empty clam shell.

Hermit Octopus
Hermit Octopus

When the need arises to move, the octopus will carry its home with a few of it’s tentacles while it uses the other tentacles like legs to walk.  It can be a funny sight to see an octopus carting it’s home around.

Octopus carrying its home
Octopus carrying its home

The coconut octopus is an interesting critter to watch.  It seems to know what it wants when it comes to protecting itself from predators and has adapted neatly to using available materials to create a home.

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