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.
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.