National Geographic : 1935 Aug
MONSTER AND MIDGET SQUID AND OCTOPUSES © National Geographic Society Painted by Else Bostelmann under direction Roy W. Miner EIGHT-ARMED HUNTERS STALK THEIR PREY ON THE SEA FLOOR In rocky crevices or on sandy stretches lurks the gruesome common octopus. The color of its warty, bulblike body changes from mottlings of brown, yellow, and tan, to gray and white, to harmonize with its surroundings. Two ghoulish eyes on protuberances watch in all directions. When a crab approaches, the octopus launches its whole body sideways with repeated squirts from its siphon, and pounces upon the victim with lightning speed. The crab struggles, but, once bitten by the captor's parrotlike beak, it seems paralyzed by poisonous saliva. This octopus may have a total spread of eight to ten feet.