By Richard Schweid
Our dating to the octopus dates again to prehistory, whilst the eight-armed animal was once depicted on vases and located in stone carvings from old Greece. Now we have fun with them for his or her skills as break out artists, with subtle camouflage structures and ink jets—as good as their roles in tasty dishes from many cuisines. Octopuses also are one of the so much clever invertebrates on this planet, with psychological potential equivalent to that of a puppy. during this seriously illustrated booklet, Richard Schweid info this animal's awesome typical heritage and its multifaceted dating with humans.
Schweid describes the octopus's intelligence, protection mechanisms, and brief lifespan. He exhibits how a few humans have thought of octopuses as not anything greater than a meal and examines their function within the smooth international fish and seafood undefined. different cultures, he unearths, see them as erotic totems or symbols of the darkest evils, and he discusses the problems humans face whilst attempting to hold them as pets—they may be able to use their problem-solving abilities, mobility, and boneless physique to flee possible safe tanks. a desirable glimpse into the intense international of those renowned creatures, Octopus will immerse readers in its outstanding undersea global.
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