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Tiny Hairs Help Octopus Suckers Stick

Just when you thought octopuses couldn’t get any weirder: It turns out that their suckers have an unexpectedly hairy grip. Octopuses can form an impressively tight grip—even on a rough surface.

May 19, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
New Views into the Octopus’s Bizarre Moves

New Views into the Octopus’s Bizarre Moves

We’ve known for centuries that octopuses get around one of two ways: one, by crawling over surfaces with their arms, or, two, swimming with the help of their siphon’s jet.

November 21, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Robot Octopus Swims with Lifelike Arms [Video]

Robot Octopus Swims with Lifelike Arms [Video]

Most octopuses get around primarily by crawling along the seafloor. And if they need to get somewhere in a hurry, they can employ their funnels to jet away like their pelagic cousins, squid.

August 1, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

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