Changing ecosystem may wipe out Penghu octopus

SHALLOW WATERS: Satellite photographs show that the coastline has changed dramatically and marine animals no longer have caverns and boulders to hide in

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 24, 2019
By: Liu Yu-ching and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A species of octopus native to the waters north of Penghu County is on the brink of

An octopus native to the waters north of Penghu County is pictured in an undated photograph. The species has yet to be named.Photo courtesy of the Agriculture and Fisheries Bureau of Penghu County Government

extinction, county officials said yesterday.

The octopus normally lives off the coast of Yuanbei Village (員貝) and near Jibei Village (吉貝) between the months of February and May, but over the past few years it has rarely been seen, Yuanbei Warden Chen Tien-jui (陳天瑞) said.

Chen believes the octopus’ declining population is due to changes in the ecosystem.

Normally the octopus lays its eggs in the intertidal zone in the northern part of the county between the Lantern Festival and Tomb Sweeping Day.    [FULL  STORY]

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