The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate

Book - 2010
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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 behaviours, 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 close-up photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea.
Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781604690675
Characteristics: 208 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wood, James B.
Anderson, Roland C.


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Great book I loved reading it. I have worked at the Seattle Aquarium, and one day I was walking by the octopus tank and the thing was against the glass, with eye's wide open, not just little slits you normally see. I got a few inches away and looked into the thinking of this creature. Amazing intelligence equal to my own, and the octopus knew it, and it was quite smug about It. It studied my body structure in detail, and my own level of intelligence compared to itself. I was working with other biologist's that morning cleaning the tanks, and feeding animals, like the octopus. This was an encounter I wasn't expecting that is for sure. You imagine an animal actually thinking in its own mind that its intelligence was greater than another animal without proof of any sort.

May 31, 2015

This book is awesome. You don't need to be a scientist to understand what they are talking about. Very enjoyable.

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