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Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea

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No one understands the octopus. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly sentient look behind its highly evolved eyes, how could it appear anything but utterly alien?

Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Many cultures have octopus-centric creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine. For all of our ancient fascination and millions of dollars worth of modern research, however, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures.

Now, Katherine Harmon Courage, a veteran journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American, dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus. She reports from around the globe of her adventures in Spain, Greece, and even Brooklyn, inviting us to experience the scientific discoveries and deep cultural ties that connect us to the octopus. Youll discover:

 
  • The oldest known fossilized octopus is estimated to have lived 296 million years ago—even before the first dinosaurs emerged.
  • Government agencies are funding research labs around the world to re-create the octopuss naturally occurring camouflage techniques.
  • About two thirds of an octopuss brain capacity is spread throughout its eight arms, meaning each one literally has a mind of its own.
  • Octopuses have aced numerous intelligence tests, including opening childproof bottles, solving mazes, and even recognizing individual people.
  • The octopus can change colors and textures within milliseconds to vanish against its background—yet we have no evidence that it can see in color.
Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative with interviews with leading octopus experts. The result is an entertaining yet scientifically grounded exploration of the octopus and its infinitely complex world.

Synopsis:

Part of the award-winning Scientists in the Field series, The Octopus Scientists takes readers to the waters off of Moorea, Tahiti to study the mind of the mollusk. Follow scientists as they uncover the secrets of its advanced intelligence and learn what these thinking, feeling creatures have to teach us about the oceans, its animals,and#160;and ourselves.

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With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. Itandrsquo;s baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckersandmdash;suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; But most intriguing of all, octopusesandmdash;classed as mollusks, like clamsandmdash;are remarkably intelligent with quirky personalities. This book, an inquiry into the mind of an intelligent invertebrate, is also a foray into our own unexplored planet. These thinking, feeling creatures can help readers experience and understand our world (and perhaps even life itself) in a new way.

Synopsis:

“A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject.” — Kirkus Reviews

Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures.

Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopuss brain capacity is spread throughout its arms, meaning each literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, yet appears to be colorblind.

About the Author

Katherine Harmon Courage covers health, biology, food, the environment, and general interest stories. She is an associate editor at Scientific American, which she joined in 2009 after completing an MA in journalism at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Her work has won regional and national awards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591845270
Author:
Courage, Katherine Harmon
Publisher:
Current
Author:
Ellenbogen, Keith
Author:
Woodard, Colin
Author:
Montgomery, Sy
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Biology-Zoology
Subject:
Animals - Marine Life
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Scientists in the Field Series
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color photographs
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
Part of the award-winning Scientists in the Field series, The Octopus Scientists takes readers to the waters off of Moorea, Tahiti to study the mind of the mollusk. Follow scientists as they uncover the secrets of its advanced intelligence and learn what these thinking, feeling creatures have to teach us about the oceans, its animals,and#160;and ourselves.
"Synopsis" by ,

With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. Itandrsquo;s baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckersandmdash;suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; But most intriguing of all, octopusesandmdash;classed as mollusks, like clamsandmdash;are remarkably intelligent with quirky personalities. This book, an inquiry into the mind of an intelligent invertebrate, is also a foray into our own unexplored planet. These thinking, feeling creatures can help readers experience and understand our world (and perhaps even life itself) in a new way.

"Synopsis" by ,
“A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject.” — Kirkus Reviews

Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures.

Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopuss brain capacity is spread throughout its arms, meaning each literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, yet appears to be colorblind.

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