Common Name And scientific name:
The common name of my organism is "Narwhoctopus". My creature has the physical characteristics of what appears to be a unicorn and an octopus to the untrained eye, but really is a combination of a the great Narwhal that lives year round in arctic waters and the well known octopus. The scientific name of my organism is Cerobates Octopoda, roughly translating to "strong horned octopus". The narwhoctopus belongs to the genus cerobates, grouping it with all other strong horned animals. It belongs to the species octopoda because it has many of the same characteristics of the octopus. While it may just sound like an octopus with a horn, putting together the characteristics of these two organisms results in incredible fighting/hunting strategies, and results in the addition of some new and amazing traits.
pHYSICAL TRAITS AND ADAPTATIONS OF THE NARWHOCTOPUS
How does the narwhoctopus breathe?
The narwhoctopus breathes through its nose. Its nose is internal, so all that is seen is what appears to be a slight hole or indent where the nose is located. The narwhoctopus automatically sucks in water through its nose. Oxygen is removed from the water and goes into the body of the narwhoctopus. The narwhoctopus then gets rid of the remaining water by squirting it out of its blowhole. This is unusual because typically, it is air that is being exerted from the blowhole in a common whale. This process only takes place every 30 minutes because the amount of oxygen that is retained is enough to last for a little while before needing to refresh. In the meantime, however, the narwhoctopus utilizes its gills, like most fish. The gills of a narwhoctopus are significantly weaker than those of other fish, so that is why it also needs to obtain oxygen through its nose. The narwhoctopus uses its gills by forcing water through them, where it flows past lots of tiny blood vessels. Oxygen seeps through the walls of those vessels into the blood, and carbon dioxide seeps out. The only issue is that the narwhoctopus has a hard time getting water to pass through its gills. Because of this, the narwhoctopus just simply cannot get enough oxygen to survive by solely using its gills. Thus, the combination of gills and its nose/blowhole results in a healthy and thriving narwhoctopus.
Ah, the tentacles of the narwhactopus come in handy yet again! When the narwhactopus is being approached by a predator, it has the ability to use its tentacles. The narwhactopus can easily strangle any creature or organism that it feels is threatening its safety. The narwhactopus can also use its horn again, and stab anything that it feels is threatening its safety. In addition to what we already know the narwhactopus can use to protect itself, the narwhatopus can use its extremely powerful suction cups at the base of its tentacles to take an eye out of another organism. All the narwhactopus has to do is latch its tentacle onto an eyeball, and pull back. The eye will be ripped completely out of its socket, leaving the potential threat of danger blinded. The narwhactopus also is electric. It has the ability to electrocute organisms in an instant. Luckily , the narwhoctopus does not need to use these defense strategies very often. The oceanic zone does not have too many organisms, so there really isn't all that much to "defend" against.