An octopus has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. oceanservice.noaa.gov/gal…
The larger Pacific striped octopus is one of the only species of octopus that is not cannbalistic during mating, rather the two partners embrace each other intimately with their beaks and suckers, and they live in groups of up to 40 individuals unlike most other solitary species of octopus journals.plos.org/plosone…
After laying eggs, octopus moms’ only function is to protect and tend to their eggs because their brain shuts down except for the optic glands. They remain stationary for anywhere from months to years depending on the species of octopus, uninterested in food even when its offered to them. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
The Dumbo Octopus lives 7000 meters down in the ocean. They are about 20 centimeters long and use their ears to swim. sawongam.com/others/deep-…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium, that escaped by slipping out of its tank and slithering down a drainpipe into the ocean. One expert commented, "None of this is surprising or atypical of octopus behavior." api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned about Labros Hydras, a Greek fisherman who found a six-limbed octopus in 2013. Dubbed a "hexapus," it was only the 2nd one ever found. (the 1st being Henry the Hexapus in 2008) After catching it, he promptly smashed it against a rock and ate it (with lemon.) telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
Sannakji, a Korean dish that features a young live octopus cut into small pieces and served immediately, must be eaten very carefully - the octopus' legs are still moving when consumed, and approximately six people die each year by choking on the suction cups foodandwine.com/news/sann…
There is no antivenom for a blue-ringed octopus bite. However, if you can get a ventilator to breathe for you for 15 hours, you survive with no side effects. slate.com/technology/2015…
The venom of the blue ringed octopus is 1000 times more powerful than cyanide, and has enough venom that could kill about 26 humans in a minute. oceanconservancy.org/blog…
Today I learned about the blanket octopus, named for the sheets of thin webbing between its arms. Females can reach over 6' (1.9m) in length, while males are approximately the size of a walnut. This is the most extreme case of sexual size dimorphism found in nature. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, sometimes called "broken heart syndrome", gets its name from the Japanese term for "octopus trap" because the shape of the left ventricle of the affected heart resembles that of an octopus trap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Blanket octopus females, can reach nearly seven feet in length, compared with males that are about 0.9 inch long. They're also 40,000 times heavier than the male. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus that escaped the New Zealand National Aquarium by slipping out of his tank and into a floor drainpipe that led to the ocean. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A 600-pound octopus is able to squeeze through a tube the size of a quarter huffpost.com/entry/octopu…
In the ancient Roman city of Puteoli there was an octopus that would sneak into kitchens through the sewer and eat pickled fish. theconversation.com/talki…
In 2016, an octopus named Inky mysteriously disappeared from New Zealand's National Aquarium. A wet trail later revealed he escaped his tank through a small hole, slid across the floor at night and squeezed his body through a pipe leading to the ocean. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Male Blanket Octopus is 10,000 times smaller than females and during mating season, it just creeps up on female, snaps off its penis and put it in female's part which then climbs into her to ejaculate sperms. octolab.tv/species/blanke…
In 2008, when the Penguins and Red Wings were in the Stanley Cup Finals, Pittsburgh fish market Wholey’s IDed patrons to prevent Red Wings fans from getting an octopus to throw onto the ice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Today I learned about the disparity between male and female Blanket Octopus. A female can grow up to 2 metres in height, whereas a male can only grow around 2.4 centimetres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
A marine biologist has captured footage of a dreaming octopus rapidly changing color. He explains what the octopus is dreaming of when the color darkens: This is camouflage, like she's just subdued a crab and now she's going to sit there and eat it and she doesn't want anyone to notice her. popularmechanics.com/scie…
Today I learned of the Octopus Stinkhorn. The fungus erupts from the egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms. The arms unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells like putrid flesh. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathr…
Although the design of Ursula in The Little Mermaid is based in an octopus, she was drawn with six tentacles instead of eight to reduce animation costs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urs…
Tentacles and arms are different and an octopus has 8 arms not tentacles aqua.org/blog/2017/Octobe…
Most Octopus species live between 1 & 2 years because of their reproductive process. Males are often strangled & eaten by females during the mating process. Females die a few weeks after laying the eggs as their bodies self destructs through cellular suicide till she dies. nationalgeographic.com/an…
There is a fungus named Clathrus archeri πŸ„. It reproduces through an egg which erupts into octopus like tentacles which are pinkish red and smells if putrid flesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
A 19 year old man dove 85 feet into the ocean to wrestle an 80 pound octopus with a 9 foot diameter to the surface in a 25 minute epic battle in which he punched the octopus subduing it after it turned red and lunged at him tearing off his respirator. He drove it home, cooked it up, and ate it. thestranger.com/slog/arch…
There is no antivenom for a blue-ringed octopus bite. However, if you can get a ventilator to breathe for you for 15 hours, you survive with no side effects. slate.com/blogs/wild_thin…
Ringo Starr's song Octopus's Garden on Abbey Road was written as an F-You to the other members of the Beatles in response to tensions that were threatening to, and would eventually, break up the Beatles ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
The blanket octopus has the biggest sexual size-dimorphism of any non microscopic organism. Females can be 6 feet long, while males are only 2.4 cms long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Octomom, a deep sea octopus that tended her brood of eggs for nearly 4.5 years, likely withut ever eating, setting a record for the longest known gestation. nature.com/news/octomom-s…
One of an Octopus’s right arms serves as its penis and is called a hectocotylus. thebluereporters.com/2017…
Today I learned about Inky the Octopus's great escape from New Zealand's National Aquarium. One night he squished through a hole in the tank, slid across the floor and squeezed through a pipe into the ocean. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A female Giant Pacific Octopus can lay 50,000 eggs. She quits eating and spends six months slowly dying as she tends to and protects them. On average, only 2 out of the 50,000 baby octopuses survive. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The largest octopus species in the world, the giant Pacific octopus, has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. nationalpost.com/pmn/news…
There are animals that have more than one heart, such as the octopus β€” and some humans even, thanks to "piggyback" heart transplants that add another heart to the original mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Ink, expelled as a defence mechanism by octopus, cuttlefish and squid, was used in writing for centuries In present times, this ink is used as a sauce for pastas and has also been proven to be effective in treatment for cancer. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephal…
The octopus stinkhorn, or devil's fingers, is a non-poisonous fungus found all over the world. The starfish-shaped fruiting body emerges vertically and spreads out, making the gleba accessible to insects which facilitate the distribution of spores. Mature stinkhorns smell like rotting flesh. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Red is not the only color of blood in the animal kingdom. Several species of octopus have blue blood, ocellated icefish have clear blood, and the green-blooded skink has, well, green blood. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned about Otto, an octopus that was able to climb onto the rim of his tank, squirt a jet of water to a bright light shining into his aquarium and cause a power outage. Staff believe that Otto had been annoyed by the lamp telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Not only do Octopus dream, but they can change camouflage whilst dreaming youtube.com/watch?v=0vKCL…
A deep sea octopus brooded her eggs for 4.5 years popsci.com/article/scienc…
There's a specie of Octopus that's so cute scientist considered naming it Adorabilis thekidshouldseethis.com/p…
Octopuses have been observed acquiring shiny and reflective objects and planting them around their homes in the sea bed like a garden. The song β€œOctopus’s Garden” by the Beatles was inspired by the captain of a boat informing Ringo Starr of this fact while on vacation. beatlesbible.com/songs/oc…
Today I learned that the average giant Pacific octopus is around 30 pounds with an arm span of around 4 meters. But there have been specimens found that are from 100 to an unbelievable 600 pounds that was 30 feet across. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
October is the 10th month of the year, but the word "Octo" is generally associated with 8 (Octagon, Octopus, etc), it was named October because back then it was the 8th month of the year, and March (Martius) was the first month (there was no January and February yet). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned about the blanket octopus that has the most extreme form of sexual dimorphism in the animal kingdom. Females can be up to 6 feet and males are only a few centimeters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanke…
The first known meme, using the expectations vs reality format, was published in the Wisconsin Octopus, a Wisconsin University magazine, between 1919 and 1920 . bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Due to the octopus's intelligence, they and all other cephalopods are the only invertebrates that need to be anesthesised before surgery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
ALL octopuses are venomous, but the deadliest, the Blue-Ringed Octopus, has a combined kill count of around a dozen people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cep…
The blue ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. Their bites are tiny and painless and most people don't even realize they've been bitten until respiratory depression and paralysis start to occur. No antivenom is available. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…

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