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Octopus Facts And Information, Three hearts, a massive brain, and blue blood, they navigate unlike anything else. The earliest fossil is Pohlsepia, which swam the oceans 296 million years ago. The first known written record referring to octopus habits comes from Aristotle (330 BC) who encountered O. Vulgaris in The Mediterranean Sea he denounced it as “stupid,” However, it can solve problems, remember solutions, navigate through mazes, and take things apart for fun–they even have distinct personalities.


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Introduction to Octopuses

Everyone’s imaginations are ignited when they hear the word “octopus.” Whether it is a vision of giant tentacles towering over lost ships or an alien-like creature crawling across the seafloor before suddenly shooting out a blob of ink and zipping into the blue horizon.

These fascinating creatures have existed for hundreds of millions of years and have fascinated humans for as long as we have been able to consider what lies beneath the ocean.

With three hearts, a massive brain, and blue blood, Octopi navigate their world unlike anything else.

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Octopus Intelligence

It might seem unexpected for some people, but the octopus has long been regarded for its high intelligence. Studies have shown an ability to navigate mazes and excel in problem-solving experiments that test both long and short-term memory.

They have a high capacity for learning and they have very few fixed, preprogrammed responses. Rather, they react to stimuli and problems in a variety of ways and can even discern what is necessary to learn in order to progress.

When attempting to eat a clam, octopuses will pry them open, or use their beaks to either chip away at the shell or drill into the meat. When researchers actively blocked one of these methods, binding the clam shut, for instance, they observed juvenile octopuses quickly adjust and try a more successful technique. How they learn these strategies is a mystery since they are not taught by their mothers after their eggs hatch.

Octopuses have been recorded actively distinguishing between various shapes, patterns, and colors. Not only are they known to practice observational learning, but they have been seen participating in play.

This was noted when certain captive octopuses tossed toys into a circular current only to catch them moments later and then repeat the game. Famously, octopuses will attempt to escape their enclosures to enter other tanks or steal food.

Many fishermen have reported octopuses sneaking on board their ships, opening the holds, and stealing crabs.
Without an inner shell, they are super flexible and the octopus escapes through tiny holes and cracks.

The Veined octopus has demonstrated tool use by using discarded coconut shells as a portable shelter.

Top Octopus Facts

  • The Octopus only lives in oceans due to their need for saltwater.
  • There is no skeleton for an Octopus. This is why it is able to get into very small spaces.
  • Octopus squid and cuttlefish are called cephalopods

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The Octopus is very creative in its abilities. They can release pigments that allow them to blend into the surroundings. This helps to keep it well hidden from different types of predators out there. It can also mimic the behaviors of other types of animals so that it is left alone.

They are well known for being very intelligent animals. They have the ability to problem-solve and to get through mazes. Testing shows that they have both short-term and long-term memory abilities. Yet they do seem to have a hard time learning how to control their own motor skills when they are young.

The Octopus has several different methods of movement that it can rely upon. Most of the time they will be seen either walking or crawling. However, they can also swim, and when they have to move very quickly jet propulsion is used. They try to move at a steady pace to be able to save energy.


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Description of Evolution, Behavior, Habitat, Distribution, Reproduction, Predators, Diet, and Feeding Habits

All types of octopuses can give off that ink which is very dangerous to other creatures in the water. There is only one type of Octopus that is actually deadly for humans. This is the Blue Ringed Octopus.

Most people will never see a live Octopus but that doesn’t stop them from eating them. There are tons of ways to prepare meals from them, with recipes from all types of cultures out there. It is fascinating to see the different ways in which it can be used for meals.

When it comes to feeding, the Octopus is able to suck its prey out of the shells. For those that are harder, they have a type of toxin that they release and it causes that shell to dissolve. They will eat large amounts of mollusks, crustaceans, and fish. Most of their hunting takes place at night.

These animals don’t seem to do very well in captivity at all. The level of stress it creates can cause them to stop eating and to die much sooner than they ordinarily would. There are many different sizes of Octopus but the behaviors among them are very similar all across the board.

While research has given us quite a bit of insight into the Octopus there remains plenty to still learn about it. There have been some experiments with them to try to prolong life but many animal rights groups oppose this type of testing.



A marine biology researcher named Jennifer A. Mather how studying octopus behavior noted that in her field observations her subjects seemed to display distinct personality traits. Some were aggressive or curious while others were so shy, they would not leave their dens in anyone’s presence. Each subject was distinct in its behaviors.

Following this thread, she heard how the Seattle Aquarium only named animals they felt displayed a discernible personality. These included otters, seals, and the giant Pacific octopus. When she visited the aquarium, she became acquainted with three of their most famous octopuses.

Leisure Suit Larry was known for being touchy-feely with his keepers. Whenever they interacted with him, he groped and grabbed in a way that would make most people blush.

Meanwhile, Emily Dickenson would never leave her den and would often hide behind the artificial backdrop of her tank. Presumably, she wrote poetry and bemoaned her inability to connect with others. Finally, there was Lucretia McEvil who was so aggressive she tore apart her tank and scared her caretakers.

A personality is not easy to define and for a long time, it was thought they only humans could possess them. However, if it’s simply a pattern of individual behaviors that remain consistent despite time and circumstance, then octopuses can certainly be said to have personalities.

Mather was able to observe forty-four octopuses exhibit 19 distinct behaviors over the course of 3 tests. Along a spectrum, her subjects all displayed independence and various distinct habits that marked them as individuals.

The Octopus and Human Culture:

The octopus has loomed large in our minds since we first became aware of them. They are as graceful and alluring as they are frightening. The Kraken is perhaps the most famous of octopus monsters. Dreamed up by Scandinavian sailors, the Kraken was thought to terrorize passing sailors by ripping apart ships and pulling men beneath the waves.

While the Kraken is particular to the North Atlantic and the superstitions of Nordic sailors, depictions of a massive octopus attacking ships have lasted through the centuries. The Kraken as a symbol of nautical myth has been depicted in every kind of media from 13th-century Norwegian writings to Nintendo games and blockbuster movies.

It has been theorized that the ancient Greek monsters Medusa and the Gorgons were modeled after the octopus.

When Medusa’s head is severed it mirrors the imagery of octopuses with the tentacles depicted as a tangled hair of living snakes and the fangs and tongue representing the beak.

The octopus has played major parts in the mythologies of the Hawaiians, the Ainu, and the Japanese.

Sometimes they are creatures representing a previous age before creation, a terrifying monster in the vein of the Kraken, or as a symbol of erotica that circumvents censorship.

Within many spiritual circles, octopuses are thought to represent flexibility and intelligence. With their boneless bodies and powerful brains, octopuses are spirit animals that bring people in touch with their creativity, emotions, and intelligence. Someone tapping into the energy of the octopus draws on its ability to find creative and flexible solutions. They are good problem-solvers and are easily bored by jobs and people that can’t make them think or live up to their creative potential.

The mimic octopus disappears in a jet of water, after transforming itself into a sea snake on the ocean floor, and in a flash, it is now hiding in coconut shells.
Typically many species of octopus have different ways to escape, but the mimic is a master of disguises.

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Octopus Facts and Information

Facts about Octopuses

Types of Octopuses

Octopus Species Overview

Atlantic Pygmy Octopus

Blue-Ringed Octopus

California Two-Spot Octopus

Caribbean Reef Octopus

Common Octopus

East Pacific Red Octopus

Mimic Octopus

North Pacific Giant Octopus

Seven-Arm Octopus

Octopus Information

Octopus Anatomy

Octopus Defenses

Octopus Feeding

Octopus Habitat

Octopus Intelligence

Octopus Predators

Octopus Reproduction

Octopus Senses

Humans and Octopuses

Octopus Research

Octopus in Commercial Fishing

Octopus in Popular Culture

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62 thoughts on “Octopus Facts And Information – Welcome To The Cephalopod Univers

  1. Padre Island National Seashore Facebook Page has some pics of a very strange Octopus caught by a fisherman near Port Mansfield Tx. Lots of speculation trying to figure out what it is, doesn’t seem to fit most common species.

  2. I have always known the octopus to be a very intelligent specie. The way the can blend to stay away from other animals and also the way they prey is very unique. I didn’t know that they were made in different cousine. Well, it’s nice to learn new things of this beautiful animal. I remember we used to sing beautiful songs of the octopus back in school. Great post, and I’ll definitely share it.

  3. Wow, what an awesome educational site with lots of interesting facts about octopuses. I too find them fascinating and mesmerizing. I love that their protective action is to release purple dye to confuse their prey. Just amazing when you think about them really. I didn’t realise how intelligent they are as researchers have discovered with their maze escapades lol! I’ll have to check out more of your site as it’s fascinating and I’ll be sure to share it with my children so they have reliable and helpful information available. 

  4. It is amazing to know that an octopus has three hearts while humans sometimes don’t have a heart. You know what I’m saying, those cruel people out there who don’t know how to empathize or sympathize with others. 

    On the topic, I am wondering if, an octopus is predatory in nature, that if they grow so large they will attack ships like the ones depicted in stories and legends of the old.

    Also, in the wet market, I also wonder why there aren’t octopus available for sale while with other species like squids and fishes, there are many. Are they not good in taste if we cook them as a dish?

  5. Amazing article and very informative,I love your write-up and I’ve gained and added to my knowledge through this post.This animal is endowed greatly with all the features listed,and I could not believe this statements about this,that there are more than 300 different species of Octopus that have been identified but there may be many more we haven’t evaluated yet,its amazing and wonderful,I would love to follow you up on other articles related to this topic,thank you for sharing.

  6. Thank you for your post. Your article give me a lot of new information about this creature. 

    I don’t know that the Octopus is very creative. It has strong survival skill by releasing pigments that allow itself to blend into the surroundings, which helps to keep it well hidden from different types of predators. It can also mimic the behaviors of other animals.

    It is amazing to me that Octopus is an intelligent animal, has the ability of problem-solve and of getting through mazes, has both short term and long term memory. 

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us, which stimulates my interests on this wonderful creature. 

  7. Your article is very informative and special because it is about a very special kind of marine life. Some information I know is that the largest octopus is the Pacific octopus and the smallest that weighs less than one gram is the Wolfi Octopus. Males also die a few months after mating and females shortly after hatching their eggs. Generally, they live up to six months. But the giant octopus of the Pacific lives up to five years, as far as I know.
    Thanks for the information we didn’t know. 

  8. Thanks a lot for the highly uplifting and educational article.

    A few years before they used Octopus in predicting the results for Cricket world cup and other sports. Since then I got the interest of learning more about this creature. While doing some search online I came across your insightful article.

    I learned a lot of information about Octopus which I am not aware of. 3 hearts wow, really interesting. You shared a lot of information about Octopus and I am amazed to see your site niche.

    Thanks for the article I enjoyed it.

  9. Hello there. The only thing I knew about octopus is that it releases ink. I never had a clue they are so intelligent. The ability I liked the most is that they can mimic other animals’ abilities to avoid danger.

    And the fact that they release a toxin that can dissolve shells is scary. Hopefully I will be safe from them because I don’t eat them!

    Thanks for this informative article. If I am looking for more info, I will certainly drop by to learn more. Have a nice day.

  10. That is a great presentation and interesting too. If we had 8 legs like an octupus,  I still don’t think that would enable us to get more done. Funny though. I am wondering how deadly the blue ringed octopus can be. Could it be about being dangerous to touch or being toxic or poisonous to eat? Thanks for the great information.

  11. Thanks for this amazing post. I remember I have watched in TV that some octopus species have been found to carry snail, bivalve molluscs, coconut bark, or human waste like bottles. They use these items as a Fortress Defense and can carry long distances under their arms and go wherever they want. As soon as they see a predator or hunter, they enter the shelter and hide in the best and most attractive way possible. for instance, when they find a coconut or shellfish, if it is split in two parts, the octopus gets into half of the coconut and, using its with the powerful arms, lays the other half on its head to leave no trace of a fallen coconut lying on the ocean floor. it turn out that. by doing this defensive strategy the enemy unable to capture the octopus.

  12. Wow! Truly, there’s more to nature than just what we can see. Octopus is a unique animal that if well explored is amusing and very interesting. I never truly bothered to make researches about them but having read so much about their intelligence, the fact that they have three hearts and also knowing about their feeding system. I’m really getting excited to know much more about them. Very uniques and interesting animal indeed!

  13. Oh they are just one of the most interesting animals aren’t they? I remember seeing a video where an octopus had been taught to open jars by taking the lid off. 

    I don’t remember if it was in captivity or whether it was in the ocean where the researcher used to go frequently and developed a close bond to an octopus. Really captivating. 

    Oh btw I like the Seize the day cup :)

  14. I learned a lot of fun and interesting facts from this great post on Octopus and i am still amazed at what a wonderful and dynamic creature this is. 

    I had a few misconceptions this post has helped to clear about the octopus!

    Great article and i wish i had 8 arms and three hearts.

  15. Octopus are indeed weird. The fact that they have three hearts is more weirder! It is very interesting that they release ink when they are running away fro their predators. That is a very cool survival tactic.

    They seem to be very intelligent creatures. If only they could speak. I am surprised they can distinguish patterns and play in a an organized manner. How awesome!

    Thank you for taking your time to give us such interesting facts about the octopus. Very fascinating!

  16. This is one of my favorite specie of aquatic creature and it is because of its ability of blend into its surrounding. I have been on the records reading alot about the octopus and I must say it really nice. In all I’m very interested in its personality and ability to adapt. Reading through this post give me alit knowledge on this creature. Thanks for sharing

  17. Thank you for this great post on the Octopus (yes, I didn’t try to write it out pluraly).  I have to say they are amazing creatures.

    I’m a SCUBA diver and have seen a few in my time.  Once, one swam into my BCD and I just sat there motionless because I couldn’t see it (due to the limited visibility my mask offered) and I didn’t want to hurt it.

    It’s amazing how intelligent they really are but I never considered personality.  I’d get one for my saltwater tank but it would just crawl out, LOL.

    Thanks again,


  18. I very much enjoyed reading this post.  the first thing that came to mind when I started reading was the movie “20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea”.

    This is another one of those “I learned something today” moments.  I knew about the ink and how they use it but I didn’t know that it was toxic.  I also didn’t know about some of their other abilities.

    That said, I think all animal species have been given certain abilities and instincts to be smart and problem solve.  You can see it throughout the whole animal kingdom

    Did a little research and I’m wondering if octopus and squid ink are similar?  I found info concerning the medicinal benefits of squid ink but I couldn’t find anything specific to octopus.  They seem to be grouped together.

    As I said, I enjoyed reading this.  It’s been educational as well as another example of how diverse life is on this planet.


  19. hi there, under the video blog some of the fonts are small, makes it hard to read.  Nice page on octopuses and a lot of images and information on different types of octopuses.  Very interesting, I never know that so many types of octopuses existed in the world.  I also know that they are used for cooking, my father used to cook and eat them.  I never acquired the taste for them.    

  20. Wow, what an awesome article about Octopuses.Crazy how I really knew none of this. They are amazing creatures. I had no idea that they were so intelligent. Where and when did you become interested in Octopuses? Not many people have this level of expertise with Octopuses. Thanks for sharing this with us! 

  21. Whao! This is a fascinating facts about octopus. I had not for once think about relating the behavior of this invertebrate. The first time I encounter it was during my laboratory practical in the college. It’s several legs or tentatlcles amazed everyone and it is the first mollusca we will ever seen without outer shell. Where the eyes is located is amazing. I haven’t studied it’s behaviors in its natural habitat before. This is an enlightening review I so much admire. I love how the behavior of octopus is related to creativity and  the smartness gesture.

  22. What a great article and superb good looking site, honestly one of the best looking and most interesting sites and article I have seen for weeks! I always knew octopus to be a very intelligent creature but I learn lots of new things even after one article. The most interesting and unexpectable was that octopuses have different personalities regarding these studies made by biological researchers. I will take a deeper look at octopuses’ life and read more of your great content. thanks for the site.

  23. This is some interesting stuff. I actually didn’t know just how many species of octopuses there are. I also didn’t know that they were so smart and didn’t have a skeleton. That must mean they can get into some hiding spaces that nobody would ever find. I bet there’s a few species of octopuses that exist but they remain so well-hidden that we’ll never know about them. 

  24. This seems like a super cool website! I couldn’t believe it when I saw that octopuses have 3 hearts! This is because I did not know this at first, and it’s crazy to think that other living species have more than 1 heart… not 2 but 3! Seeing as humans only have 1! I also found it cool to learn of their high intelligence levels, most people don’t think of other living organisms as intelligent!

  25. Mmmmmm octopus – i especially like them grilled!

    I knew they were intelligent, otherwise they would not have survived for so long.  However, I was not aware that they had short and long term memory to aid them in problem solving.

    And personalities??  Who knew?  I think I expected them to not have any unique characteristics at all as they look a bit like a blob.  That being said, I know people like this too hahahaha

  26. Now this is what I call a niche…

    I read about the octopuses that are shy, aggressive or curious.  I didn’t know that!  I’m thinking of how snails react to being touched.  Most don’t like being touched by their feelers and I think of an octopus as being the same.

    And they eat animals with shells, shrimps, prawns as well as fish!  Wow, now that is healthy!  

    Although I have just started eating fish regularly, I intend to remain as calm as possible as I think that a person becomes the nature of the food they eat.  

    And mackerel are calm…I think!!

  27. I learned a lot from this article!  I never realized how smart Octopus’s are.  I think it’s fascinating how they don’t have skeletons either.  One of the things I’ve always thought about this sea creature is how elegantly they move through the water.  They are so unusual looking with their long tentacles and suction cups along each one.  I didn’t realize they had personalities either- if I’m ever at the Seattle aquarium, I’ll be sure to check them out!

  28. Octopuses are amazing creatures that’s why it is hailed as one of the most intelligent animals in the planet. I even saw videos that show evidence of being clever such as finding ways to get out of close jars or distinguishing a good vs bad person. Even 3rd century write Claudius Aelianus stated that their mischief and craft are plainly seen to he characteristics of these creatures. Well I think they are lovely. They can poison, they can signal, they can suck or whatever but all these are part of their uniqueness. Many are trying to prove that they have mental power and are capable of conscious thought. Amazing!   Thanks for sharing fun facts about them.  

  29. Even though the subject didn’t immediately grab my attention the graphics certainly did and from there being offered the option to read or listen is an excellent idea that got me interested. From the kid who watched a crazy TV show about how giant octopuses could throw a submarine around to the adult who spent some time around Greek islands swimming with them (ha ha small ones), your work has educated me and it was fun and interesting to read. One of my daughters is interested in many things environment and especially creatures. She will be interested in your site and I will show her later today. There are a lot of people online and this has to be a niche worth exploring and developing. Good luck and thank you. Steve C 

  30. Wow, this site is an amazing source of knowledge, and such amazing pictures too! Since first finding your website I’ve learned so much about them and have started to appreciate their beauty and diversity. They truly are incredible animals and are not appreciated enough by humans. Hopefully your site will help people better understand these unique creatures.

  31. Thanks a lot, This is what I hope for :-) have a wonderful day

  32.  Hi Steve I hope she likes it then :-) have you tried the option to listen to the article.

    Have a nice day, and thanks for stopping by :-)

  33. Hi and thank you for leaving a comment I’m happy to know that you liked it have a good day

  34. I have always been intrigued by the octopus species, and have often thought of them as a bit like aliens or other living entities that are close to human(we think).

    With over 300 species, they are similar to humans if you compare from a race vs species perspective.

    3 hearts and a huge brain certainly has them covering humans on the intelligence front, their peripheral vision and ability to navigate sets them apart.

  35. Wow, what an incredibly interesting and educational website, I have never paid a great deal of attention to octopuses before and I never knew they were so interesting, I have learned so much from this site, I never knew they were so intelligent, I once saw a youtube clip were an octopus squeezed through a tiny hole in the side of a boat and escaped it was amazing, but not as amazing as this article, I really enjoyed reading it, thank you for sharing. 

  36. Hi Russ

     Hi Russ

    Thank you for leaving a comment I’m happy that you liked it.:)

  37.  Hi Shane, and thank you. 

    Yes they surely are wonderful creatures. 

    Have a nice day :-)

  38. This article is great and very exciting. To be honest, I had no idea that Octopus was such a great creature. Through this article, you have helped me understand many good habits of this creature. The fact that this creature is very intelligent and creative is very interesting.Wish you all the best.


  39. I never really thought of knowing more about the octopus. I only know that it is a staple food for a lot of different communities around the world. So, here I have learned that an octopus is very intelligent and can change colors to blend in, just like a Cameleon. That is pretty awesome. I understand why they are not easy to catch.

    Thanks for sharing

  40. Hi.

    Thank you for providing this post which is about Octopus Facts and Information. This is really a unique post and you have done a great job. It was amazing to read your post and you have nicely decorated your content. You have described details about octopus and able us to know many unknown information about octopus. Through your post I have learned what octopus is, how it looks like, how it lead its life, about it intelligence, personality and so on. You have also given an overview of Octopus and Human Culture. 

    It was really learn-able and amazing post, now I have known many information about Octopus that I never known before. I will definitely share this post to others and thanks again for sharing this content. 

  41. This is a fact filled and educational review. I have learnt about octopuses and how intelligent they are with their 3 hearts and a big powerful brain. These makes them intelligent with the blue bloods they have and they have really interesting and diverse ways and techniques in which they use in eating or preying, this is a really amazing reviews that has fed me with every thing I need to know about octopuses. octopuses are really  interesting to study.

  42. This was a very enlightening experience for me to read. Thank you. I have always been fascinated by the octopus and just recently read an article on another website about the lethality of the blue ringed octopus. The tiniest of octopuses it can be the most deadly to humans if bitten because of its venom.

    In this post of yours, I had many of my questions answered about this amazing creature of the oceans. I did not know they had three hearts and that they were extremely intelligent. In a way this explains why they have different characteristics, like those you mentioned at the Seattle aquarium.

    It is funny how many of us when we first think of the word octopus we either think of that Nordic myth of the Kraken ripping apart sailing ships or in my case I think of sushi, which is one of a couple of types of sushi/sashimi that I will not eat. But as for what I read and seen here, it has given me more insight into these amazing creatures.

  43. Wow!!

    I had no idea about so much of this!

    There is literally like a whole other world under that water. I actually got very close to an octopus in Zanzibar when scuba diving. It wasn’t until we got out that our instructor told us about a story of one time an octopus had grabbed onto one of his friend’s masks and hooked his tentacles into his ears. 

    Nothing anyone could do to pull him off!

    Thanks so much for sharing all of this

  44. Thanks for this informative post, this is indeed an eye opener, Octopuses are ocean creatures that are most famous for having eight arms and bulbous heads. I didn’t know they had a lot of facts I didn’t know about until now, having three hearts and blue blood; they squirt ink to deter predators and being boneless, they can squeeze into tight spaces. They are quite intelligent and thanks for making me know so much about this amazing sea creature.

  45. Awesome, this article is really interesting, I love your post and I’ve learn a lot from it. I’ve read about octopus before but I’ve not stumbled on a detailed one as this. I didn’t know octopus is this intelligent even to the extent that it has the ability of getting through mazes. The most amazing part that of that it has three hearts and a massive brain. This post is really educative, I’ll make sure I share it with other people to learn.

  46. Great article.  It is great to learn about this wonderful world.  The closer I get to it is through aquariums, which provide some information, but not as detailed and comprehensive as you have done through this article.  I really never understood how they live, how different they are, and how dangerous they can be.  But I’m one of the people who love seafood, it is very good for human health as it provides us with Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which not only reduce the risk of heart attack or ease the pain of arthritis, but also lubricate the mind.  It’s wonderful to learn about their intelligence and personality traits.  Thank you for this informative article.

  47. Thank you, Sandikazi Scwebu.
    You’re absolutely right about the Seafood and health:-)
    Bon appetite :-))

  48. Very informative web site learned a lot of information that i have never heard of. Was surprised

    that there are over three hundred different species. They seem to have a very curious nature.

    Would tell anyone that are curious about octopuses to check out this web site. Its amazing

    how friendly that they can be towards other humans.

  49. I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I saw octopus so many times in my life but I did not know all these things about these creatures. I like to dive with my friends and seeing octopus live can really be funny yet scary (haha) I am glad I learned so many things about these intelligent animals, thank you for sharing.

  50. Very intriguing peace there! I remember my own image of an Octopus, never seen on alive; as a child I saw science fiction flicks showing monster octopus with huge tentacles capsize an entire ship, and suffocate humans. Do octopus actually squeeze their prey till death? Does this the harmful specie actually attack humans?

  51. Omg did I ever love this website!!

    Bookmarked, as there is so much information on there about one of my favorite creatures on earth, that I will need several hours to consume it all, which I will!

    When younger, living on the BC coast, I was standing on a rock at waters edge when an octopus leg came up out of the water and began questing around my foot!

    I was astonished I can tell you! but intrigued as well. So I stood still, while many legs came and wrapped around my arm, and my leg…finally it was too much to bear and I shrieked and began trying to remove the octopus from me, not easy when your dealing with all those legs! people had to come and help me! we eventually got all legs off me and the octopus slid away into the depths as silently as he had come outta them! Why this creature did this I don’t really know, but it was a once in a life moment for me. :D

    Thanks for this site.

  52. Octopuses are really interesting creatures. I didn’t know their life spam was so short. And I’m amazed at how intelligent they are. There is clearly a distinction between old octopuses and juvenile octopuses concerning how they adjust to new circumstances. I appreciate the reference you mentioned about juvenile octopuses quickly adjusting and trying a more successful technique when researches tested their intelligence. It definitely is something that we, humans, should imitate more.

  53. This is a great post. I learned so much about octopi that I never knew before such as their intelligence. For so long I’ve been loving octopus in sushi and other foods without realizing some of the interesting facts about the species. I’m assuming that they’re not considered “smarter” than dolphins right? 

  54. I loooove Octopus’. They are just so intelligent and in a whole league of their own. A lot of people say that they are alien in nature and probably the closest thing to aliens that we have discovered yet. They are just so fascinating and the reason why I am always researching them. Your website has a wealth of information and I love coming back for more, Thanks a lot for all your knowledge.

  55. I’ve always known that octopus are intelligent creatures and in my opinion are one of the most unique creatures in the world. They almost seem to come from another planet. What you’ve mentioned in your article about their physiological makeup, the dexterity they have to manouvre and prey on food or toy with objects is incredible. I must admit after learning that they can have individual personalities made me feel somewhat guilty about eating them. For me, your article has personified almost humanized the octopus and I will never look at one the same again. In fact, I look forward to reading more of your site so as to share some incredible and unknown facts about them. Thank you, I haven’t just learnt something new I have an emotional connection now with the octopus.

  56. Hey. This was very exciting to read, i did not know how smart they were. i specially enjoyed the part of Kraken, maybe because i am Norwegian, and it is just fun for me to hear about stories like that, it is very exiting, i have always wondered, if those stories have some truth to it, maybe the sailor saw one of those giant octopuses one time and then made the rest of the story up or something. i really enjoyed this. thank you. 

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