Fun Facts About The Female Blanket Octopus
Found in subtropical and tropical oceans, the Blanket Octopus (Tremoctopus violaceus), embodies that ultimate nomadic invertebrate lifestyle as she spends her days floating through the open ocean.
Females Blanket Octopus = Supergirl? Divers on a blackwater dive in the Lembeh Strait off the coast of Indonesia captured the unbelievable moment when a female blanket octopus zoomed by like Supergirl.
Males are the size of a walnut, can be up to 40,000 times lighter than the female, and really have no need for a cape.
While looking spectacular and wowing divers is as good a reason as any to have a fab-looking cape, the Female Blanket Octopus’s real use for it is to make herself appear larger.
Her cape also contains eye spots which could aid in making predators think twice about attacking.
Like many octopuses, she can swim away quickly using jet propulsion or release ink into a predator’s face attempting to confuse it long enough to high tail it out of there.
The Blanket Octopus are somehow immune to the stinging tentacles of the highly venomous Portuguese Man O’ War, a jellyfish-like creature that sails the open seas.