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Creature Feature. Camouflaging Octopus . Produce elaborate color patterns and highly complex skin textures Color changes are carried out by small, elastic, pigment-filled sacs, known as chromatophores Each cm 2 of skin may contain hundreds of chromatophores, in up to five colors.

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  • Each chromatophore is surrounded by a ring of muscle fibers, under control of the large optic lobes of the brain

Blue ringed octopus
Blue-ringed Octopus textures

  • 3 species

  • Pacific Ocean from Japan to Australia

  • Size of a golf ball

  • Uses its dermal chromatophore cells to camouflage itself until provoked

  • Venom is powerful enough to kill humans textures

    • May bite attackers, including humans, if provoked or

      stepped on

  • Venom is a combination of toxins

    • Major neurotoxin is tetrodotoxin

    • Causes muscle paralysis

    • Death results from


  • Hunts

    • Small crabs

    • Hermit crabs

    • Shrimp

Mimic octopus
Mimic Octopus textures

  • 2 ft in length

  • Tropical seas of South East Asia

  • Not discovered officially until 1998

  • Mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than fifteen different species including:

    • Sea snakes

    • Sole Fish

    • Lionfish

    • Giant crabs, stingrays, flounders, and jellyfish

  • Uses mimicry for defense and hunting textures

  • Able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate to deter current predator

  • When attacked by territorial damselfishes, it mimics the banded sea snake, a known predator of damselfishes

Video! textures



Geoduck panopea abrupta

Geoduck textures (Panopea abrupta)

Pronounced " textures gooey-duck" is of Native American origin and means "dig deep"

Shell ranges from 6-8 in. in length

Long siphons can reach 3.5 ft.

Weighs 1-3 lbs

Feeds on plankton

Largest burrowing clam in the world

Found along the Northwest coast of the US and Canada (Washington & British Columbia) on sandy/muddy beaches

Life expectancy of 146 years (one of the longest living animals)

Reproduction textures

  • Broadcast spawners

  • Females release millions of eggs

  • Planktonic larvae drift for 2-7 weeks before settling

  • Sit near the surface of the sand to develop a siphon

  • They then dig deep into the sand

  • Only 2% of fertilized eggs reach adulthood

  • Become immobile and can no longer dig after reaching adulthood

  • Young geoducks are most susceptible to predators textures

    • Shrimp

    • Crabs

    • Flounder

    • Sea stars

    • Snails

  • Once the clam buries itself deeper than two feet, it is beyond the reach of virtually all but human predators

  • Death rate of the adult population is only 2%

  • However, siphon meat is a prized delicacy

Commercial and recreational harvest

Generally need to excavate a hole up to three feet deep to unearth a geoduck

As soon as it is disturbed, the geoduck will retract its siphon downward

Be careful not to slice the siphon

Must then dig with hangs and gently wiggle the shell free; don't pull on the siphon since it will break

Commercial and Recreational Harvest

FUN FACT unearth a geoduck : The Evergreen State College in Olympia adopted the geoduck as its official mascot, along with the motto Omnia Extares ("Let it all hang out")

Geoducks may only be taken with hand-operated instruments

It is unlawful to thrust any instrument through the neck of the animal

Fine of $75 per unfilled hole

May only be harvested during designated shellfish harvesting months (May-September)

Video! unearth a geoduck