Found in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of South Africa. They can also be found off the south coast of Britain. They tend to live 500 metres below the surface of the ocean in rocky areas.
They hunt at dusk for crabs, crayfish and cockles. They paralyse their prey with venomous saliva.
They can change colour and skin texture to blend in with their surroundings and squeeze into small crevices with their extremely soft bodies.
The common octopus will lay between 100,000 to 500,000 eggs but only 1 - 2 will hatch and survive into adulthood.
They are fished for by trawling on a large scale along the western coast of Africa.
- Latin Name: Octopus vulgaris
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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