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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, 41 color photos
- Publisher: Timber Press
- Publication Date: 12/05/2010
- Category: Wildlife: aquatic creatures
- ISBN: 9781604690675
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Review by chaosmogony
A fun book, covering the life cycle, behavior, and intelligence of octopuses and related cephalopods. The three authors are scientists who've all worked with marine animals during their careers, and consequently there's a wealth of hands-on information. <br/><br/>The presentation could have been improved I think, as I found some parts to get overly dry and technical to the point that my eyes glazed over, but there's enough here to keep the read interesting if you don't mind a little of that.