Greg sent us a news story about a crafty cephalopod named Otto who lives at an aquarium in Germany. A particularly blinding light bothered Otto so much that he squirted a jet of water up at the light to shut it off. Clever bugger! Otto also is a fan of redecorating the pad/tank even though his roommates aren’t. And he juggles hermit crabs. Otto’s destructive tendencies coming out when he tosses rocks at the glass.
Octopuses are neato creatures, like jacks-of-all-trades. Or MacGuyvers I assume even though I didn’t watch MacGuyver. Their skin can change color, they shoot out ink, they’re squishy/boneless, they can lose limbs and regrow them, they possess strong beaks and poisonous saliva, they have sharp eyes and a sensitive sense of touch. Oddly enough, octopuses don’t live very long, only up to two years.
Continuing on this train of thought, octopuses are keen sea creatures with big brains, so to speak. Their heads only have a third of their brain, as the other two-thirds is contained in the legs. Their short lifespan is their downfall, otherwise they might have taken over the earth by now and be our masters.
Oh yeah, when I was young, “octopi” was the popular plural, but now it’s “octopuses.”
Octopuses: intelligent and yummy!