Octopus parachutes down though the water onto prey


Octopuses divide into two types, the deep-sea finned octopuses and their finless, shallower water cousins. Most of the world's octopuses fall into the shallow water category. Many octopuses have poison glands, but few are toxic to humans - the bite of the blue-ringed octopuses is the exception.

Scientific name: Octopoda

Rank: Order


The Octopuses can be found in a number of locations including: Great Barrier Reef, Mediterranean. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

BBC News about Octopuses

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