Female Octopuses Will Bully Males By Throwing Things At Them

It’s always interesting to learn a little bit more about what goes on under the sea.

It’s a world all of its own, but there are times when we may hear about something that makes us think about life above the water.

In Sydney, researchers have been studying octopi in Jarvis Bay since 2015. That stretch of ocean near the South coast of Wales turned up something interesting.

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According to the research, a hen octopus (that is what they call a female octopus) will sometimes bully other octopi by throwing shells and silt at them.

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This isn’t something that was completely unheard of, as it has been known for quite some time that they would use their ability to throw something as a weapon in defense.

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In fact, in 2016, a female octopus was observed throwing debris at a male octopus and striking him 5 out of 10 times!

It seems as if the material throwing that they do is relatively common. They gather the material, hold it in one of their arms and then put it under some pressure in order to expel it in the right direction.

Photo: Unsplash/Matias Tapia

The Independent says that it is more than tossing something as if it were a human tossing a baseball. They actually use their arms to project the material by the jets being created.

There may be other animals that can throw things at others, and monkeys certainly come to mind. The list is rather short, however, but it’s nice to know that something with eight arms can throw items at will.

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