Octopus Invasion

Everyone has their own opinions on the takeover of the human race. Whether it may be the extraterrestrial, apes, disease, jellyfish or butterflies someone will always favour one over the

others. However, there may be one that might not have crossed your mind, something that has always been lurking around - alluring and ominous, waiting for their evolution. Heard of it? Of course not. It is hereby that I declare that the potential lifeforms to overtake us homo-sapiens is the one and the only Cephalopod, known as the octopus.[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"></v:path> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"></o:lock> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="officeArt_x0020_object" o:spid="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:349.2pt;margin-top:15.8pt; width:120.2pt;height:90.15pt;z-index:251659264;visibility:visible; mso-wrap-style:square;mso-wrap-distance-left:12pt;mso-wrap-distance-top:12pt; mso-wrap-distance-right:12pt;mso-wrap-distance-bottom:12pt; mso-position-horizontal:absolute;mso-position-horizontal-relative:margin; mso-position-vertical:absolute;mso-position-vertical-relative:line' wrapcoords="0 0 0 21588 21591 21588 21591 0 0 0" strokeweight="1pt"> <v:stroke miterlimit="4"></v:stroke> <v:imagedata src="file:////Users/Naia/Library/Group%20Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/TemporaryItems/msohtmlclip/clip_image001.jpg" o:title=""></v:imagedata> <w:wrap type="through" anchorx="margin" anchory="line"></w:wrap> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml][endif]

Octopuses (yes that is the plural - not octopi) are one of the most badass creatures of the big blue sea. But not just the sea, they move on land too. They are the stealth masters, basically the underwater CIA. They can camouflage like a chameleon by changing colour and texture to match their environmental surroundings. One species known as the Mimic Octopus can eve change its shape and actions to act or ‘mimic’ other marine animals… and maybe even us as well. Octo-dudes can even hide in the smallest of places. How? They have no bones or spine, AKA squishy, and can fold themselves into tight spaces. Their only hard bit is the tiny beak around their mouths and they can squeeze through any gap that is larger than it. We’re talking about gaps no bigger than the size of your eyeball. Endless possibilities of escape routes for these guys. Imagine where they would pop up as they wriggle themselves up through our pipelines. What if you’re brushing your teeth on one peaceful morning when all of a sudden, BAM! A slimy arm slithers up from your sink and latches onto your face. As you struggle to break free, another one loops around your arms leaving you defenceless and forced to feel its wrath.

Another wicked thing about octopuses is that these guys are super intelligent. They have a total of nine brains! There is one central brain which controls the nervous system, but two-thirds of their nerve endings are found in their eight arms. This means that every arm has a mind of its own and can move independently or together before the message reaches the centre brain. Arms will even continue to move and search for food when separated from the main body. That’s exactly like something out of a horror film. With this amount of brainpower, they definitely show signs of great intelligence. Octopuses have been recorded to open child-proof jars, shells and other items not only with their brute strength but with debris to act as tools as well. Guys, they are out there using driftwood spears! Scientists have done many studies on these gooey specimens and it has been shown that they can remember and navigate their way through mazes. They learn how to adapt and overcome their environment on a level way beyond any other cephalopods. Also, because I find this fact cool, they have blue blood (copper-based) - you’re welcome.

Imagine the evolution of the octopus, us humans would not be ready! First, th