Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea

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Penguin, Oct 31, 2013 - Science - 256 pages
“A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject.” — Kirkus Reviews

Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures.

Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its arms, meaning each literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, yet appears to be colorblind.


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Katherine Harmon Courage begins her discussion in Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea with a necessary clarification on nomenclature: "The ancient Greeks christened the animal októpous ... Read full review

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As a person who finds eating octopuses upsetting (because I like them so much), I was hoping for a book about their lives and their biology, their environment. Once I realized that the author was ... Read full review


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Chapter Two Tough and Tasty
Chapter ThreeA Strange Animal
ChapterFive Brain Power
ChapterSix Armedand Roboticized
Chapter Eight Sex and Death

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Katherine Harmon Courage is an award-winning journalist, currently a contributing editor for Scientific American. This is her first book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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