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Octopus Chronicles

Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

Odd Male Octopus Flaunts 2 Unexpected Arm Phalluses

Odd Male Octopus Flaunts 2 Unexpected Arm Phalluses

Is that a case of bilateral hectocotylization, or are you just extra happy to see me? Or so might a female octopus say if she met the young subject of a new report about a certain biological oddityor oddities.

January 31, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Baby Octopuses: Pickier Eaters Than Baby Humans

Baby Octopuses: Pickier Eaters Than Baby Humans

Baby octopuses are notoriously difficult to keep alive in captivityas in, almost impossible. Like their adult parents, they’re sensitive to water pH and temperature and all of that jazz.

January 24, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Speedy Octopus Sets Record for Jar Opening

Speedy Octopus Sets Record for Jar Opening

It isn’t every day in the ocean that an octopus comes across a jar to openespecially one that contains a tasty live crab. Which is why it is particularly impressive that these invertebrates can quickly figure out how to twist off a cap in captivity.

January 13, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Octopuses Make Food for Weird Critters

Octopuses Make Food for Weird Critters

Along with us humans, a range of hungry hunters prey on the scrumptious octopus. The boneless octopus must avoid becoming lunch for sharks, eels, fish and even killer whales.

January 1, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

We all know that the male octopus uses his third right arm as a penis. (Oh, you didn’t? It’s true. Sometimes he even detaches it to give to the female.) In fact, all of the arms, if not so specialized, are easily identifiableas numbers one, two, three or four on the left or right side.

December 22, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Could an Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma’s Lakes?

Could an Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma’s Lakes?

TULSA, Okla.–As the rate of unexplained drowning deaths has reportedly crept up in Oklahoma’s placid lakes, some observers have turned to an unusual explanation: a freshwater octopus.

December 19, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength

Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength

Octopus suckers are extraordinary. They can move and grasp objects independently. They can “taste” the water around them. They can even form a seal on rough surfaces underwater.

December 1, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

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