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Octopus Chronicles

Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

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
Why Tracy Morgan’s Pet Octopus Should Be a Dog

Why Tracy Morgan’s Pet Octopus Should Be a Dog

The comedian Tracy Morgan is known for his outlandish sensibilities, caricatured by his character Tracy Jordan on the NBC show 30 Rock. Given his obvious penchant for the odd, perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s opted to own a pet octopus, which he featured in a tweet last year...

November 13, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Happy Octopus Day! The 8 Best Octopus Discoveries

Happy Octopus Day! The 8 Best Octopus Discoveries

October 8 might be International Octopus Day, but October 31, 2013 is Octopus! day. My book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea is publishing today.

October 31, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Hey, How Old Is That Octopus?

Hey, How Old Is That Octopus?

Trees have rings, horses have teeth and even rocks have radiocarbon decay. But how can you tell an octopus’s age? This isn’t a frivolous question.

October 30, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Happy International Octopus Day!

Happy International Octopus Day!

October 8 is International Octopus day (naturally)—and kicks off International Cephalopod Awareness Days. Perhaps I am a little biased, having written a book about them, but I think these animals deserve at least one day of celebration...

October 8, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
No Shots for the Octopus, Its Immune System Doesn’t Remember

No Shots for the Octopus, Its Immune System Doesn’t Remember

Flu season is almost upon us, so millions of us are already rolling up our sleeves to get the annual shot. This jab is formulated to introduce our immune system to this year’s circulating strains of the virus so that it will remember how to make the specialized antibodies to fend it off the viral [...]..

September 28, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

First Octopus Farms Get Growing

Fish farms now produce million tons of fish each year around the globe. But octopuses have largely escaped this kind of confined aquaculturing, despite a growing global demand and overfishing...

September 24, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Octopus Babies Hatch by the Thousands, Captured on Video

Octopus Babies Hatch by the Thousands, Captured on Video

Octopuses live short, lonely lives. Even the big ones only see a few years. And that usually means only one shot at creating the next generation—and they don’t have time for parenting...

September 19, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

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