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a€œA pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject.a€ a€” 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 octopusa€™s 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.Others, such as those of the giant Pacific octopus, which lays some seventy thousand eggs, can take six months tohatch. Scientistsrecently ... Manypet octopuses have had these glands removedso that theya#39;lllive longer. ... The babies areokay swimming around in a large, wellappointed tank for a while, shesays. But theyanbsp;...

Author:Katherine Harmon Courage
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-10-31


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