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Special Chemical In Skin Keeps Octopus Arms From Entangling
2014-05-16 12:11:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With eight long arms covered on one side with prey-grabbing suckers – octopi appear to be very susceptible to getting themselves tangled up in knots. However, a chemical generated by an octopus' skin prevents this problem from happening by temporarily preventing its suckers from sticking, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. "We were surprised that nobody before us had noticed this very robust and...

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2012-01-05 09:16:21

[ Watch the Video ] The remarkable mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus), inhabiting the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, swims with relatively little fear of predators in the ocean with its remarkable ability to shift its shape, movements and colors to impersonate toxic lionfish, flatfish and even sea snakes. Recently discovered hanging out with this great mimic is the black-marble jawfish (Stalix histrio). Researcher and ichthyologist Luiz Rocha, from the California Academy of Sciences...

2011-03-24 08:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Connecting visitors with one of the most intelligent and fascinating inhabitants of San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a new Giant Pacific Octopus, Octopus dofleini. Like others of its kind, the animal came to the Aquarium in a roundabout fashion, by way of a local crab fisherman. Giant Pacific Octopuses have a particular hankering for crabs as well as den-like enclosures, and often mistake crabber's nets as a hunting and...

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2010-08-26 12:40:00

The evolutionary history of the Thaumoctopus mimicus lineage reveals the steps it took to become a master of disguise Paul the Octopus"”the eight-legged oracle who made international headlines with his amazingly accurate football forecasting"”isn't the only talented cephalopod in the sea. The Indonesian mimic octopus, which can impersonate flatfish and sea snakes to dupe potential predators, may well give Paul a run for his money when it comes to "see-worthy" skills. By creatively...

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2010-03-04 08:10:00

Remarkable Strategy Evolved to Avoid Predators On the open sand plains of the Caribbean seafloor, where soft-bodied animals are routinely exposed to predators, camouflage can be key to survival. Perhaps no group of animals is quite as adept at blending in with its surroundings as cephalopods, who along with relatives the cuttlefish and squid, have evolved a unique skin system that can instantaneously change their appearance. In the February 2010 issue of The Biological Bulletin, MBL Senior...

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2009-12-14 13:25:00

Scientists once thought of tool use as a defining feature of humans. That's until examples of tool use came in from other primates, along with birds and an array of other mammals. Now, a report in the December 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, adds an octopus to the growing list of tool users. The veined octopus under study manages a behavioral trick that the researchers call stilt walking. In it, the soft-bodied octopus spreads itself over stacked, upright coconut...

2009-03-06 16:57:26

Staff at the New England Aquarium in Boston said they were stunned when a 7-foot-long octopus squeezed himself into a 14-inch square box. Officials at the aquarium said the 18-month-old octopus, named Truman, squeezed his 30 pounds of mass through a tiny 2-inch hole on the locked box, which contained a smaller box filled with crabs for the octopus to eat, WBZ, Boston, reported Friday. Biologist Bill Murphy, Truman's caretaker, said the octopus usually sets to work on the latches of the boxes...

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2009-02-26 19:50:00

Officials at California's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium say a curious octopus caused a flood at the facility by working a water-control valve loose. An aquarium employee came to work Thursday to find the octopus tank overflowing and about 3 inches of water on the floor, the Los Angeles Times reported. Tara Treiber, the aquarium's education manager, told the newspaper a female California two-spotted octopus likely caused the flood of more than 200 gallons of saltwater by prying a valve loose...

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2008-04-02 00:15:00

Researchers from University of California, Berkeley, reported Monday that octopuses have love lives far more complex than previously known, and that the animals exhibit rather sophisticated behavior such as flirting, holding hands and even displaying fits of jealousy. Octopuses are well studied in captivity, but their behavior in the wild is less understood but as the animals are shy and often nocturnal. During the new research, graduate student Christine Huffard examined the Abdopus...


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Giant Pacific Octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini
2012-08-20 13:51:08

The giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini), also known as the North Pacific giant octopus, is native to the North Pacific. It prefers to live at depths of 215 feet, but can be found in more shallow waters. It is thought to be the largest species of octopus with the largest specimen weighing 156.5 pounds, although the seven-arm octopus is a close contender with one specimen weighing 134 pounds. The giant Pacific octopus can reach an average weight of thirty-three pounds with an arm...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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