A small 11cm long Octopus - washed up on Broad Haven South Beach.
Also known as the lesser octopus or horned octopus , a cephalopod of up to 50 cm in length.
Like other cephalopods, the curled octopus can instantly change its body colour to match with the background . The head is oval, small and narrow. The large mantle spreads between eight long and slender arms. The tentacles have a single row of sucking discs and their tappering ends are curled when at rest.
It feeds on large crustaceans such as lobsters and edible crabs using its powerful beak to pierce carapace.
Common on the South West and West coast of Britain where it generally lives on rocky bottoms between 10m and 150 m deep , sometimes found in Rockpools and can be brought up in Crab Pots.
Location: Broad Haven South