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The adorable baby octopus is actually a pea killer

Image: Ashley Pugh (National Park Service) A picture of a squid octopus captured by a team of scientists in Hawaii…

Image: Ashley Pugh (National Park Service)

A picture of a squid octopus captured by a team of scientists in Hawaii has done the rounds of the week as a result of how sweet this little squish appears at first glance. But make no mistake, even a baby octopus can be a cold-hearted killer – and there are photographic evidence to prove it.

The image of the teeny octopus – one of a pair discovered by the team – was shared by Kaloko Honokōhau National Historical Park in August but was sent to Instagram by the US Department of Interior this week. As one of them was photographed next to a woman’s index finger, it is immediately apparent how incredibly small these infant babies really are.

Marinologist Sallie Beavers of Kaloko-Honokōhau told Earther by email that her team came across the two planktonical squid caves while picking up liquid debris during a surface cracking from their coral reef measurement. She said the small octopus was probably either Octopus cyanea (sometimes called “octopus”) or octopus ornatus (sometimes called “octopus”), but the team could not be sure of the species. [19659005] Image: Ashley Pugh (National Park Service)

“We photographed the octopus and took it down on the reef (in a small container) to drop it into a small coral reef at the next dive,” she said. “We found a second with more marine junk later in the day and did the same. Because we effectively removed their protection by collecting the trash we would not let them go to the surface.”

The pictures shared on the Facebook page of the National Park August 3 was a blow on social media. But readers, do not be fooled by the visible sweetness of these little creatures. Octopuses are famous killers, as evidenced by a photo shared by the park the following day showing another tentacled vertebrate and killing a crab.

“Photo of another baby octopus taken by the dive team (found on plastic litter) attacks and kills a child crab,” wrote the park on August 4. “Maybe they are not that cute.”

Image: Ashley Pugh (National Park Service)

When asked what the images of these octopus babies can tell about the state of plastic pollution in the area, Beavers told Earther that the amount of plastic waste (including microplaster) The park has “dramatically increased” during the 17 years that she has worked there.

“One-time use of people around the world reaches a level of crisis for the sea and its marine species,” says Beavers. “While the liquid plastic provides the same temporary protection for planktonic scenes (turtles, octopus, crabs, fish, etc.) as natural liquid debris (logs and other plant material) provides, it is not a suitable environment for them. The microparticles of the plastic are likely to be infected to some extent by the youth stage and are probably taken by the fish, the seabirds and other predators that are attracted to the marine life that tends to gather around floating objects. “

Beavers said she hopes for the pictures of these little boys” helps raise awareness about our global need to limit disposable plastics and protect the oceans of the world. “She added:” Sea health is crucial to human health. “

[Associated Press]

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