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Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea (Paperback)

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    Did you know octopodes (it is Greek, not Latin) change color with emotion and have special light-reflective cells that allow them to better camouflage underwater? Or that it's nearly impossible to track where your commercially fished calamari actually came from? Well, author Katherine Harmon Courage is here to tell you all this and more. From the cues robotics engineers are taking from our eight-legged friends to how best to baste them for a fresh salad, Courage travels across the globe to present to us all facets of this incredible creature. Perfect for armchair travelers and science buffs alike! (Ashanti)

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    "A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject." -- Kirkus Reviews

    Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures.

    Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopus's brain capacity is spread throughout its arms, meaning each literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, yet appears to be colorblind.

    About the Author

    Katherine Harmon Courage is an award-winning journalist, currently a contributing editor for Scientific American. This is her first book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781617230141
    ISBN-10: 1617230146
    Publisher: Current
    Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
    Pages: 256
    Language: English