Photo taken at: Tasmania
The Gloomy Octopus could bring about dark days for fishermen in parts of Australia and Tasmania. As warm water cephalopods, Gloomies have been heading down the coast of Australia to follow the increasing temperatures of the East Australian Current. This current is extending further south due to climate change’s impacts on ocean temperature. Gloomies have a shellfish-based diet that could deplete the southern shellfish population to whom these predators are foreign. Fisheries in Tasmania are also concerned as 75% of their catch consists of abalone and red rock lobsters, on which Gloomies prey. Want a less gloomy future? Click the link in our bio to learn more.