There is always a time of the year when things become a little hectic in the water and this is generally when creatures start mating.
At the moment we have octopuses in action. For the past three weeks or so we have encountered octopuses almost anytime we have been snorkelling, first with their heads out of their holes and then slowly moving towards each other. At times we have seen 3 or 4 in a small patch of the reef. But the common question was: what are they doing? Why so many?
Octopuses are very interesting creatures and their main visible feature is that they are almost invisible, they camouflage perfectly with the background they are sitting on, so that they become a challenge for the poor tour guides trying to show them to guests…They are capable of changing both the texture of their skin and the colour, ranging from brown, to white, to dark red, from super smooth to very rough…
When it’s mating time they will come out of their holes and try to mate. Try to… in fact the female octopus is generally bigger than the male and more aggressive. Male have hence evolved a special tentacle (hectocotylus) that moves the sperm to the female’s egg. The octopus is even able to detach his hectocotylus to escape from an angry, hungry partner…
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