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Caribbean Reef Octopus

Caribbean Reef Octopus

Welcome to our first Creature Feature post, our regular blog that gives you more details about the reef creatures featured on our products……and where better to start than the majestic, almost alien, octopus that has became our logo. This octopus, known commonly as the Caribbean Reef Octopus (Octopus briareus), is an eight legged cephalopod, a group that comprises arguably the most intelligent marine invertebrates on the planet. Like almost all cephalopods, the Caribbean Reef Octopus us pretty difficult to describe verbally as it can radically change its shape and colour to suit its surroundings. It can vary its skin texture from as smooth as silk, to bumpy and rough mimicking the rocks around it, and alter its colour from almost white to crimson and even black. It does this through specialised skin cells known as chromatophores which have small sacks of colour pigments inside that can be expanded and contracted. When not being used to blend in with their surroundings, these colours often reflect their mood, with white used to startle unwanted guests, and darker hues to warn that they might not be a particularly happy right now. They are also able to squeeze their bodies through holes that look impossible to enter, and are only limited by the size of the one ‘bone’ in their bodies, their beak.

More information on this truly amazing creature can be found here.

About Reef Creature Clothing

We specialise in coral reef inspired clothing. You can also find limited edition printed products featuring some of our most popular designs. We donate 5% of our profits to conservation projects that help protect reef creatures around the globe. Currently we are supporting the Anguilla National Trust, who do vital conservation work on the small island of Anguilla, British West Indies where the majority of our images were taken. To help you learn more about these fascinating reef creatures many of them will have featured posts over the coming months. Watch this space!

 

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