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Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

Octopuses are amazing. In honor of World Oceans Day, here are eight facts about these incredible creatures.8. Octopuses are masters of camouflage. However, research suggests that octopuses don't try to blend into their entire environment—to look like coral, sand and seaweed all at once...

June 8, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Unusual Offshore Octopods: Great Glowing Octopus! [Video]

What has eight arms, no bones and hundreds of bright, twinkly lights? The glowing sucker octopus ( Stauroteuthis syrtensis ), of course.This flashy octopod is one of the few of its kind to have true bioluminescence, a trait much more common in two other cephalopod relatives, squid and cuttlefish...

June 6, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Unusual Offshore Octopods: Telescope Octopus Has Totally Tubular Eyes

Big eyes can be a big benefit—allowing an animal to see potential prey and predators coming from a wider field. For the octopus, this is especially important in the open ocean, where knowing what is around—or above or below—you is crucial for survival.One type of octopus has taken a different approach to wide-angle vision...

May 31, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Unusual Offshore Octopods: The See-Through "Glass" Octopus [Video]

Octopuses that live in the deep open ocean are difficult enough to find. But try locating a "glass" octopus, which is nearly transparent. Floating in the dim midwaters, this gelatinous octopod looks almost like a be-suckered jellyfish.Rather than camouflaging like most known octopus species, the Vitreledonella richardi has taken this alternative approach to hide from potential predators—and perhaps from prey as well...

May 18, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Unusual Offshore Octopods: More (Octopus) Suckers Born Every Minute in Cold Water

That octopuses can survive in the extreme, sunless environments around deep hydrothermal vents is surprising enough. But comparing octopuses that make their homes there has led to some even more interesting discoveries about animal development.The rarely seen Muusoctopus hydrothermalis live some 2,495 to 2,620 meters below the surface, along the East Pacific Rise...

May 12, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Unusual Offshore Octopods: The `Dumbo' Octopus Swims with Fins [Video]

Down in the dark depths of the deep ocean live more than a dozen species of "Dumbo" octopuses.These octopods from the genus Grimpoteuthis are so named for their prominent, unusual earlike fins that they use to help them swim (reminiscent of the Disney elephant character who used his ears to fly)...

April 26, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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