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.
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