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.
In Anilao, Philippines, this coconut octopus found a coffee cup to live in.
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.
Soon the cup became a roof over the octopus’ head, which I believe was its intention.
Most coconut octopus will find a shell or a coconut to live in. This tiny octopus in Romblon, Philippines, found an empty clam shell.
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.
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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