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Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate

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The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends - from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities.

In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today's octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea.

Book News Annotation:

One of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean, the octopus is even more wondrous in reality than it is in its many popular portrayals. In this book, a psychologist, a marine biologist, and a photographer present the first comprehensive natural history of the octopus, bringing readers face to face with this complex, remarkably intelligent, and often misunderstood animal. The book describes octopus anatomy, life cycle, mating and predatory behaviors, and surprisingly distinctive octopus personalities. It also includes a guide to keeping octopi in captivity and 32 pages of color photos. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Jennifer A. Mather is a leading researcher on octopuses, concentrating on their behavior and personalities. She has been publishing articles on cephalopods since 1978. At the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, where she is a professor of psychology, she teaches a variety of courses including studies of aging and perception. Jennifer grew up in Victoria, on the Pacific coast of Canada, where she acquired her lifelong fascination with cephalopods. She prefers to do field research, and has done so in a variety of pleasant locations including Bermuda, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Besides the comparative study of behavior and cognition, she is interested in the roles and status of women in science and in excellence in university teaching. Jennifer holds a Master's degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from Brandeis University in Boston. When not working, she's a dedicated bird watcher and energetic cook and gardener.

Roland C. Anderson, a former biologist at the Seattle Aquarium, has observed octopuses in captivity and in the wild for more than 30 years. He is particularly interested in the natural history, behavior, and aquarium husbandry of marine invertebrates and especially the cold water cephalopods of Puget Sound, about which he has published numerous articles. The son of a sea captain, he grew up near the ocean where he became an avid scuba diver. He retired from the Seattle Aquarium in 2009 after 31 years of service. Long fascinated by malacology (the study of mollusks), he has served as president for the Western Society of Malacologists and the American Malacological Society. He is currently an editor for the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. He received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Greenwich University (Hilo, HI) in 2000.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604690675
Author:
Mather, Jennifer A
Publisher:
Timber Press (OR)
Author:
Wood, James B.
Author:
Anderson, Roland C.
Author:
Mather, Jennifer A.
Subject:
Octopuses
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.28x6.80x.94 in. 1.46 lbs.

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