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Friday, March 13, 2009

Octopus Inking: How Does it Work?

In addition to the octopus's uncanny ability to camouflage itself into its surroundings to avoid predators, the octopus has a secret weapon: ink. An ink sac is located near its digestive system, and when necessary, the octopus can eject ink out of the sac along with a burst of water from the funnel. The combination creates a black cloud. The octopus can shoot the ink out in little blobs that serve as decoys, or it can shoot it out in one big mass to obscure a quick getaway. To top it off, the ink contains tyrosinase, a compound that impairs smell and taste, which further confuses the predator.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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