Octopus Shows Off Its Funnel

Preview This common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) shows off its siphon, which it uses to propel itself through the water.
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This common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) doesn't have a jetpack to help him zoom through the water, but he's got something pretty close: a funnel that shoots water. (It's the little orange/yellow cup in the picture.) Octopuses pull water into their mantle cavities and then squeeze it out through the siphon (also called a funnel) at the front of their mantles to both swim and steer.

Tags: Anatomy