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Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

Image courtesy of Paul Asman/Jill Lenoble/Wikimedia Commons Octopuses are amazing. In honor of World Oceans Day, here are eight facts about these incredible creatures.8.

June 8, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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

"Dumbo octopus&qquot; Grimpoteuthis bathynectes swims in the Northeast Pacific Ocean; image courtesy of University of Washington/YouTube 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

Female Octopus Arms Reach Farther, Robot Research Group Finds [Video]

Common octopus beginning the arm-stretch experiment; image courtesy of Laura Margheri et al. Almost as fast as you can say "go-go-gadget arm," an octopus can stretch its arm more than twice its normal length—without the help of any cyborg attachments.

April 10, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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