Glass Octopus on Flat Rock Statue
Glass Octopus Statue, a stunning piece of glass art that would look great on any desk. Handmade with amazing detail and vibrant colors. The blue glass is rich and beautiful and stands out in contrast to the clear glass which the octopus grasps. The common Octopus (Octopus Vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda. Octopus vulgaris is the most studied of all octopus species. It is cosmopolitan, that is, a global species, which ranges from the Eastern Atlantic, extends from the Mediterranean Sea and the southern coast of England, to the southern coast of South Africa. It also occurs off the Azores, Canary Islands, and Cape Verde Islands. The species is also common in the Western Atlantic. The common octopus hunts at dusk. Crabs, crayfish, and bivalve molluscs (two-shelled, such as cockles) are preferred, although the octopus eats almost anything it can catch. It is able to change colour to blend in with its surroundings, and is able to jump upon any unwary prey that strays across its path. Using its beak, it is able to break into the shells of shelled molluscs. It also possesses venom to subdue its prey. Training experiments have shown the common octopus can distinguish the brightness, size, shape, and horizontal or vertical orientation of objects.
Octopus Vulgaris grows to 25 cm (10 inches) in mantle length with arms up to 1 m (3.3 feet) long. It lives for 1-2 years and may weigh up to 9 kg (20 pounds). Mating may become cannibalistic. Octopus Vulgaris is caught by bottom trawls on a huge scale off the northwestern coast of Africa. More than 20,000 tonnes are harvested annually. They have evolved to have large nervous systems and brains. An individual has about 500 million neurons in its body, almost comparable to dogs. They are intelligent enough to distinguish brightness, navigate mazes, recognize individual people, learn how to unscrew a jar or raid lobster traps. They have also been observed keeping “gardens“, in which they collect various marine plant life and algae, alongside collections of shells and rocks, this behavior may have inspired the 1969 Beatles title, “Octopus’ Garden“. Octopus Vulgaris was the first invertebrate animal protected by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in the UK. Octopus on Flat Rock Glass Statue sizes: 4.5 inches / 11.5 cm x 3.5 inches / 9 cm x 2.25 inches / 5.5 cm.
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