Ever heard of nine-armed octopus?
Till now we all have known that an octopus has eight arms (two arms and six logs to be precise!), that’s why it’s that name! But one unique octopus was discovered with an extra limb, and he was about to become dinner!
A nine-armed octopus caught off Japan’s coast nearly ended up being dinner, until the family preparing it noticed its extra limb and sent it to a museum instead.
While unusual, this extra appendage — which wasn’t fully formed, but a small offshoot on a regular arm — isn’t unheard of in octopuses. Scientists suggest the extra appendage may have grown when the creature was regenerating a lost leg.
Although the octopus did not make it out alive, it is set to be showcased at the Shizugawa Nature Center for the public to view.
Another rare octopus was discovered in September on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound – but this one had seven legs. Later the marine life center identified it likely as a seven-legged octopus.
An octopus can change the color of its entire body in just three-tenths of a second. But the creature doesn't simply take on the general pattern of its surroundings. Instead, it often mimics specific undersea objects, like plants or rocks, to disappear into the underwater scenery.