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Super Suckers: The Giant Pacific Octopus and Other Cephalopods of the Pacific Coast
Is there a more bizarre-looking animal in the sea than the octopus? A baggy, boneless body surmounted by a pair of soulless eyes and fleshy horns. Eight snake-like arms with hundreds of suction cups, a stubby funnel projecting like a left-over piece of fire hose... not to mention its three hearts and blue blood. The word cuddly doesn't spring to mind when contemplating the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Harbour Publishing
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This book has excellent photographs and lots of information covering the giant octopus’s anatomy, digestion, reproductive cycle, and the amazing strength of those suckers. Of course my favorite parts were the stories that went along with the science, including tales of daring escape from aquariums, hunting prey including dogfish shark and seagulls, and divers accounts of having an octopus grab their legs or cover their face. As the authors say, “Unless you have previous training, we recommend ag ...more
Great little book covering the physiology, distribution and activity of the Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). Lots on the seemingly intelligent behavior of octopuses, as well as a chapter of stories of close encounters. Good photos throughout. A final chapter on other cephalopods describes the other octopus and squid species in the Pacific NW, most of which are not well known.