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Cephalopods

marine life of Namibia

A cephalopod is Greek for kephalópoda, or 'head-feet'. Any member of the mollusc (soft body, hard shell) class Cephalopoda is characterized by bilateral body symmetry. Bilateral body symmetry means a capability of being halved into 2 equal parts so that 1 part is a mirror image of the other (with respect to external appearance only). A cephalopod has a prominent head and a modification of the mollusc foot, in the form of arms or tentacles. Cephalopods have the ability to squirt a cloud of dark ink to confuse predators, hence the fishing industry's name for this class as inkfish. About 800 distinct living species of cephalopods have been identified including:

Cephalopods are found in all the oceans of the earth, from the hydrothermal vents to the sea surface, but none of them can tolerate freshwater. The diversity of cephalopods is greater in the warmer waters nearer the equator, decreasing towards the poles. They are widely regarded as the most intelligent of the invertebrates and have well-developed senses and larger brains than those of gastropods (snails).

Cephalopods are social creatures, preferring the company of shoals of fish when isolated from their own kind. Some cephalopods are able to fly (through the water) of distances of up to 50m - an impressive range reached by the use of jet propulsion as opposed to any particularly aerodynamic facility. They are known to have advanced vision, and octopuses use their tentacles to explore their environment, whilst at the same time using them for depth perception. Most cephalopods rely on vision to detect predators and prey, and to communicate with one another.

Marine Life | Namibia

Beach Hotel

Situated close to the beach & the town center. This hotel offers a wide choice of room types making it the perfect choice for every budget

Hansa Hotel

Right in the middle of town, the Hansa is over 100 years old and still offers top quality accommodation

Hotel Eberwein

Hotel situated close to the town center, decorated in a Victorian style

Hotel EuropaHof

Centrally located hotel with old world German style

Rossmund Lodge

Situated out of town on the Rossmund Golf course, one of the world's best desert courses.

Strand Hotel

A brand new hotel, on the site of the old Strand Hotel, is set to open in August 2015

Hotel zum Kaiser

A very centrally located small hotel - within easy walking distance of the town center, Swakopmunds favourite restaurants - the Jetty and the Tug, as well as everything else the town has to offer

Swakopmund Hotel

A large hotel, based around the historic railway station. Complete with casino, bars and restaurants

The Delight Swakopmund

A large modern accommodation establishment that offers a warm welcome and all-round attentive service

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