Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate
I heartily recommend this book.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society
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: Hardcover
- Pages: 240 pp.
- Book dimensions: 6½ x 9 in. (230 x 165 mm.)
- Images: 38 color photos, 1 b/w photo, 1 b/w illustration
- ISBN-10: 1604690674
- ISBN-13: 9781604690675
- Product code: 689067
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"A fascinating natural history of some of the ocean's most intriguing creatures."
—Scott Shalaway, Farm and Dairy
"With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, this book is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea. For anyone with an interest in octopodes."
"Reveals the uncanny smarts and elegant adaptations of these eight-armed wonders."
"Provides an excellent nature history of the octopus, pairing lovely photos with the insights of three leading marine biologists."