Octo Hitchhikers - help please :)

Discussion in 'Behavior and Intelligence' started by Vanessa Madeira, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Vanessa Madeira

    Vanessa Madeira Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi everyone, I'm a new octo freak around these parts, and I come with a request.
    Can you please provide/point me to pictures of any octopod getting a lift, either on jellyfishes or salps?
    Oh, and Blanket Octopuses with stolen Portuguese Man O' War tentacles are also very very welcome!
    Super thanks in advance :)
    Cheers
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    That is a tall order. There are a few photos/videos running around the net of octos attaching to humans and porpoises (most likely to avoid being eaten) but I don't recall images of them "riding" animals for transportation. Jellyfish are not considered part of their normal fare and I have my doubts about the latest image suggesting the use of borrowed stinging tentacles used as weapons or defense tools.
     
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  4. Vanessa Madeira

    Vanessa Madeira Larval Mass Registered

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    Thank you for your replies!
    That ride is dolphinately something else! :tongue:
     
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    main_board Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Hi Vanessa

    A very good starting point is Tolweb.org. They have images, summaries of behaviours and references to follow up on.
    http://tolweb.org/Argonautidae/20204
    http://tolweb.org/Tremoctopodidae/20202
    http://tolweb.org/Ocythoidae/20205

    I think the relationship for Argonauta and Tremoctopus spp. has been known for a surprisingly long time though still hasn't been fully investigated. Much less is known about Ocythoe and salps.

    Beyond TolWeb, this popped up on twitter a couple weeks ago. The species in it aren't identified but the image is really high quality.
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com...-of-a-portuguese-man-o-war-to-use-as-weapons/

    If I may ask, what are you working on? I've just started a project looking at these taxa as well and couldn't believe the coincidence. Good luck and keep us posted here.

    Cheers
     

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