Underwater octopus city discovered by biologists
The city of Atlantis might just be a myth, but a new underwater metropolis may now be emerging.
Now referred to as Octlantis, this underwater town off the coast of Australia hosts many members of the Octopus tetricus species, more commonly known as the gloomy octopus. Octlantis is home to as many as 15 of these creatures who were once thought to only gather during mating.
Researchers have observed them communicating, cohabiting, and even teaming up together to keep unwanted sea creatures away. Researcher David Scheel tells Quartz that, "these behaviors are the product of natural selection” and that “when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."
For all its merits though, this underwater village of sand and shells is far from a Utopia. The high number of octopuses and the abundance of food in the area makes it an ideal hunting ground for predators. So while Octlantis may sound like an underwater paradise, it's still survival of the fittest.