An octopus is a marine animal belonging to the phylum Mollusca and class Cephalopoda. It has eight arms, two eyes, and three hearts. It is highly intelligent and has advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to use tools. Octopuses can change color for camouflage as well as communication with other octopuses.
Are Octopuses Endangered?
As a whole, no, octopuses are not currently listed as endangered or threatened by the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Despite this, they face a range of dangers, including being coveted as a delicacy in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Octopuses face several other threats to their survival as well, such as fishing pressure, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. They are also preyed upon by many predators, including sharks, dolphins, seals, and large fish. The declining health of coral reefs reduces the amount of food octopuses have access to, which often leads to population decline.