The Soul Of An Octopus

Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501161148
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The Soul Of An Octopus from the Author: Sy Montgomery. Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

Octopuses

Author: Lola M. Schaefer
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9780736802468
Size: 48.47 MB
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Octopuses from the Author: Lola M. Schaefer. Simple text and photographs introduce octopuses and their behavior.

Octopus

Author: Roland C. Anderson
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604695005
Size: 35.76 MB
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Octopus from the Author: Roland C. Anderson. The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends—from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities. In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea.

Octopuses

Author: Carol K. Lindeen
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9780736836616
Size: 15.64 MB
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Octopuses from the Author: Carol K. Lindeen. Simple text and photographs present the lives of octopuses.

Octopus

Author: Katherine Harmon Courage
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698137671
Size: 58.92 MB
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Octopus from the Author: Katherine Harmon Courage. “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.

Octopuses

Author: Sandra Markle
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 0822560631
Size: 64.17 MB
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Octopuses from the Author: Sandra Markle. Describes the different types of octopuses and how they search for food and defend themselves against predators.

Octopuses And Squids

Author: Mary Jo Rhodes
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 9780516243948
Size: 62.82 MB
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Octopuses And Squids from the Author: Mary Jo Rhodes. Describes squids, octopuses, and cuttlefish, discussing how and why they change color, how they catch food, and how they reproduce.

Other Minds

Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712808
Size: 51.38 MB
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Other Minds from the Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith. Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being—how nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind’s fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually “think for themselves”? What happens when some octopuses abandon their hermit-like ways and congregate, as they do in a unique location off the coast of Australia? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind—and on our own.

Guide To Squid Cuttlefish And Octopuses Of Australasia

Author: Mark Norman
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 0643102612
Size: 66.72 MB
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Guide To Squid Cuttlefish And Octopuses Of Australasia from the Author: Mark Norman. The Australasian region is home to the greatest diversity of cephalopods — squid, cuttlefish, octopuses — in the world. Yet, we know very little about these fascinating marine animals. This book provides insights into the biology and behaviour of more than 60 species. From the Giant Squid to the deadly Blue-ringed Octopus, the secret lives of cephalopods are revealed in a highly readable form with outstanding colour images and informative text. For each species there is a distribution map and identification notes which summarise the main features to look for. While the book focuses on species found in relatively shallow coastal waters, a few of the more bizarre deeper-water species are included. Naturalists, divers, reef-walkers and anglers will find the book authoritative, yet very easy to use. A comprehensive section illustrating cuttlebones will enable beachcombers to identify most of the species they are likely to encounter.

Octopuses

Author: Leighton R. Taylor
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 9780822500681
Size: 65.71 MB
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Octopuses from the Author: Leighton R. Taylor. Describes the anatomy, habitat, life cycle, and behavior of the various species of octopuses in oceans around the world.