Croctopus By: Joseph Donato

Name

Common: Croctopus. This name is a common misconception, as the Croctopus actually has ties to the Crocodile and giant Squid , not the octopus.

Scientific: Rarus Monstrum. Literal translation is rare monster, due to its very rare surface appearances and monstrous size, considered by scientists to be the most apex predator on the planet.

Ocean Zone and Habitat

The croctopus is unique in that it can survive at extreme depths for long periods of time. The Croctopi live in the Pelagic Zone because they are marine animals and live in the water. They are in the oceanic zone because they live very far offshore. It spends most of its time, between ten and eleven months of the year, in the aphotic zone hibernation in its den on the ocean floor. It prefers the cold and dark waters. During winter, especially during December, the Croctopi awaken from their hibernation and come up to the euphotic zone to feed and bulk up for its next hibernation cycle.The croctopi make their dens out of underwater sea caves in the Hadalpelagic zone, only leaving to feed in the epipelagic zone.

Locomotion

The Croctopus uses its long powerful tentacles to propel it forward at speeds up to twenty miles per hours. It uses its front legs to move around in its den, as well as to grab onto and rip apart prey once it has been caught. Another trait of the Croctopus is its ability to move up and down between extreme depths. It can do this by condensing the fluid in its cells, actually shrinking in size to 20-25 feet when it is hibernating in its den. As the pressure decreases in shallow waters while it hunts, the Croctopus expands.

Plankton, Nekton, or Benthos

The croctopus is considered Nekton. This is because it moves under its own will, propelling itself through the motion of its tentacles.

Reproduction

The Croctopi mate during the last week of feeding season. When a male finds a female mate, he spreads his tentacles to display his size and dominance to her. If she accepts then the two mate. The male and female Croctopi don’t perform sexual intercourse like most mammals, instead they each wrap up all their tentacles together, kinda like the Na’vi in Avatar with their weird hair connector thingies. Then the females begin the hibernation process, giving birth as they wake up for their next feeding cycle eleven months later.

Respiration

The croctopus breaths through its mouth or nose. It is able to breath in sea water, and filter out the salt through their salt glands, allowing them to survive in waters of high salinity. This is why their main range of habitat is along the entire width of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Defense Strategies

The Croctopus is one of the most dangerous animals on the planet, and as such it has many defensive traits. On its upper body, the hard plate scales protect it from sharp teeth of potential predators. It has two rows of large predatory teeth, each approximately 25cm in size. Even though the croctopus does not have any natural predators, should they feel like they need to escape a situation, they can spray ink on their enemy to blind them and swim away.

Physical Traits & Adaptations to Environmental

The Croctopi is the product of large corporations dumping nuclear waste in the Atlantic Ocean. It caused genetic mutations in Crocodiles changing their behavior to favor deeper and further oceans where came in contact with Giant Squids, and due to their genetic mutations they were able to mate successfully, thus giving birth to the Croctopus. The male Croctopus is on average 45-50 feet, with the females being 40-45 feet long. They have all the beneficial traits of both species including: Large powerful jaws of the Crocodile, ten tentacles, and An interesting trait that the Croctopus posses is its lateral eyes. Due to its aggressive nature, and short amount of time to hunt for food, eyes on the side of its body give it a wide range of vision to maximize their ability to find prey.

Feeding

The Croctopus has feeding habits unlike any other animal. It feeds for one month out of the year (usually December), and hibernates for the other eleven months. That means during its feeding month, it must consume three times its body weight each day to have enough fat to sustain itself during hibernation. Its main prey is made up of large deep-sea sharks and other offshore pelagics such as Marlin. It has been known to attack large boats if they come in contact with a Croctopus during feeding season. The worst known Croctopus attack was the USS Orilio, a small destroyer class navy ship that was taken down by the largest Croctopus ever seen, estimated 56 feet long. Of the seventy two men aboard the ship, there were no survivors.

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Joseph Donato
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