Mythical creature brought to life
The larger Pacific striped octopus has a magnificent and highly contrasting pattern of spots and stripes. Its natural habitat includes the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and Panama, where it is found at depths of 40 to 50 metres. Although far from inconspicuous, we have only known about this species of octopus since 1977. However, these is still no scientific description of it so it has not yet been given a Latin species name.
Information about its unusual behaviour was first published in 1982. “Observing this octopus and its unbelievable behaviour was almost as though a mythical creature had been brought to life,” the marine biologist commented in description of his findings. “This example is a testament to how little is known about most octopuses,” believes Caldwell. To date, only a handful of the over 300 known octopus species have been thoroughly researched.