Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Octopus city' found off coast of Australia

Posted on Tuesday, 19 September, 2017 | Comment icon 16 comments

These particular octopi seem to enjoy each other's company. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Sylke Rohrlach
Members of the gloomy octopus species have created their own underwater settlement dubbed 'Octlantis'.
Situated in Jervis Bay on the coastline of eastern Australia, the remarkable Octopus 'city' consists of special dens constructed from sand and shells that can house up to 15 of the cephalopods.

The find is particularly unusual, not only due to the level of co-operation taking place but because the gloomy octopus was typically considered to be an isolated and solitary species.

To observe their behavior, an international team of researchers set up an underwater camera which recorded the animals meeting up, communicating and even chasing away rivals.

"These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior," said lead researcher David Scheel, from Alaska Pacific University.

"This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (16)

Tags: Octopus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by DebDandelion on 13 September, 2017, 3:17
And it stands to reason that if u have so many legs/ arms  being lonesome aint no fun,  so the more the merrier ( literally!) 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey on 19 September, 2017, 16:16
It would be cool to see a gang of Octopi shaking 8 other tentacles at the same time. Like a big web of "hello"
Comment icon #9 Posted by brizink on 19 September, 2017, 17:03
Sounds to me like we're gonna be going to war with the Octarmy pretty soon. Kim Long Ams has his tentacle quietly hovering over the big red button, poised to send us back to to the cave.
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 20 September, 2017, 17:27
The Beatle's Octopus' Garden comes to mind.  Where's Ringo when you need him?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 on 20 September, 2017, 17:50
A gang of octopuss .... an octoposse 
Comment icon #12 Posted by xYlvax on 20 September, 2017, 23:20
They're plotting on how to get rid of us
Comment icon #13 Posted by taniwha on 20 September, 2017, 23:50
Is a squid actually a Hectopuss? 
Comment icon #14 Posted by taniwha on 21 September, 2017, 0:04
Is a group of squid called a squad? 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hammerclaw on 21 September, 2017, 0:07
Hadn't really thought about their social life. So, if you live alone in a house in a crowded neighborhood, you're not antisocial, you're just a wallflower. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw on 21 September, 2017, 0:09
Yes, or a shoal. A group of giant squid is called a school.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Man-sized penguin fossil found in New Zealand
The remains of an enormous prehistoric penguin have been found on a beach to the south of Christchurch.
Frozen lake sounds like a Star Wars battle
This amazing footage of Gun Lake in Canada reveals the cacophony of strange sounds made by the ice.
Mystery object to be checked for ET signals
An asteroid thought to have come from another solar system is to be checked for signs of alien technology.
Diver narrowly avoids huge great white shark
New footage has emerged of a diver's extremely close encounter with the jaws of a monster shark.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Is happiness contagious ?
Posted 12-12-2017 | 0 comments
Is it possible to become happy by hanging out with other people who are happy ?
Megalodon - the largest shark in history
Posted 12-11-2017 | 0 comments
A look at Megalodon - a truly monstrous creature that once roamed Eath's oceans.
Pizza night - in space
Posted 12-8-2017 | 0 comments
ISS astronauts try their hand at putting together pizzas high up in orbit around the Earth.
Pelican invasion
Posted 12-7-2017 | 0 comments
This curious pelican decided to invade the director's tent during a BBC film shoot.
113 pancakes in 8 minutes
Posted 12-5-2017 | 0 comments
Record-breaking speed-eater Matt Stonie scoffs an incredible 113 silver dollar pancakes.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
Strange occurrences
11-15-2017 | Fife
Mysterious music box song
11-15-2017 | U.S.A
Haunted military house
10-23-2017 | New Zealand
Sleep paralysis or real encounter?
10-18-2017 | United Kingdom

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ