Story: Octopus and squid

Finned octopus

Finned octopus

This finned octopus (Opisthoteuthis species) was collected from deep ocean waters near Lord Howe Island. Unlike other octopus, this one has a pair of fins (top of photo), which it flaps as it glides through the water. Its arms are webbed – when outstretched, a finned octopus resembles an umbrella.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Octopus in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7927/finned-octopus (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006