Octopus The Ocean s Intelligent Invertebrate 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 famou

  • Title: Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate
  • Author: Jennifer A. Mather Roland C. Anderson James B. Wood
  • ISBN: 9781604690675
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 wondrous still.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 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.

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    1. Absolutely loved this book.Despite many years of reading everything I could about Cephalopods in general and Octopus in particular, and despite have read a fair few papers by two of the authors, this book charmed me. Within the covers, Mathers, Anderson and Wood give us the story of The Octopus from the egg to the end of its life which, often, is the egg laying. There is a final chapter touching upon the rest of the Cephalopods and a Postscript with useful information for anyone who would like t [...]

    2. It read like a textbook.The whole time I felt I was reading something for school and I got bored but I read it so yay!I felt that they could have done a better job executing the information because I'll be honest, I can't recall everything this book was trying to teach me.If you like to read textbooks and if you like octopuses, here you go.

    3. If you were an octopus you could do this: first change colour, turning as dark as ink, then release a cloud of real ink mixed with mucus which holds its shape in the water just like a decoy octopus, then instantly turn pale again and glide serenely away while the predator is still fumbling with the decoy.Impressive, but that would just be the beginning. Besides their eight arms, three hearts, blue blood and jet-propulsion, some can inject venom a hundred times more toxic than the black widow spi [...]

    4. As a big fan of cephalopods I really enjoyed this book, which covers in depth the life cycle, biology, behaviour, intelligence, and personalities of octopodes and select other relatives. If you weren't previously aware of just how incredible an animal the octopus is, you will be after reading this. Recommended.

    5. Non-Fiction. Octopuses, what they look like, where they live, how they work, what they eat, how they think, how they reproduce, and a bonus chapter on how to keep them in an aquarium.I did learn quite a few things about octopuses, but this isn't the glossy pop science book it appears to be. The writing is repetitious and can be overly technical at times, the transitions are poor, and the sidebars frequently interrupt the text instead of coming at natural breaks. There are about thirty color plat [...]

    6. This is the most comprehensive book I've been able to find about octopuses. The information is presented in an easy to read format in several chapters. Although the language is easy to understand by non-scientists, the information is definitely not lacking. I've been interested in animals since I was a small child and I consider the octopus my all-time favorite. Still though, I learned something new with every turn of the page.

    7. Fascinating animals. They are cephalopods- molluscs related to clams and snails. This book has line drawings as well as 30 pages of glossy picture inserts. I watched a CNN video on an Octopus jumping out of the water and catching a crab and return with it to the water - Of course with its long tentacles the octopus is huge but the crab it devours looks bigger than it. So you know what octopuses (octopodes) eat. They can change color, texture, and shape and adapt to new surrundings.The author mak [...]

    8. A good book on octopuses (that's right, not octopi or, heaven forbid, octopodes). They're one of my favorite types of animals, but I only knew about them from articles and David Attenborough documentaries. So, I decided to get a book that would be a broad but still scientific survey of the species and I was not disappointed in this one.It's scientific without being overly technical, and the writing is earnest if unsophisticated. There's never any doubt that the authors know their stuff, and eac [...]

    9. I jumped around, read the most interesting chapters and all out of order. I want to praise this book for being written conversationally.ough sometimes to the point of being a bit unprofessional. I'm also not sure about the audience. The writing makes me think maybe sixth graders, but the biology vocabulary is a lot more advanced than that. I don't think this is bad, necessarily, but I was surprised.Octopuses are enigmatic creatures, and this seems like a timely book with information that hasn't [...]

    10. After suffering through the human-anecdote stuffedThe Soul of an Octopus earlier this year I really, really needed something more scholarly on octopuses; I'm happy to say this delivered. The book covered all the basics of octopuses - which still seem pretty mysterious after all these years. [Guess it's just hard to study a water-based animal when you're an air-breathing land mammal.] While it was a more scholarly work, the authors still managed to imbue some personality into the book so I got bo [...]

    11. REALLY fascinating. You get the idea that the "mean" of Octopus behaviour is so wide and varied that its really impossible to predict an individual's intelligence and behaviour. The variance across the genus is amazing and the complexities and subtleties of their physiology and intelligence is quite breath taking. It should really be studied more - and in different ways. You get the sense of just how intelligent this species is, and how totally alien they are to us and that we may be assessing t [...]

    12. If you are interested in learning about octopuses, I definitely recommend this book. The authors also provide information about squid, cuttlefish, the nautilus, and the vampire squid. Very informative!

    13. This really fed my fascination with octopus intelligence. Lots of research, lots of information, lots to chew on about how we define intelligence in our anthropocentric world.

    14. Terrific book to learn about octopuses!I became infatuated with the Great Pacific octopus at the Monterey Bay aquarium and loved learning more after getting home. This book was a good resource.

    15. Octopuses? More like “rock-topuses!”For (hopefully) obvious reasons, here are eight ways octopuses — and this book — rock:1) Octopuses (and not, as I learned, “octopi”) are fascinating, smart and have distinct personalities; they are able to solve problems and learn new strategies (though, like some other unnamed animals [hint: humans], they still have behavioral blind spots that no amount of new data inputs can override).2) They are masters of camouflage, able to blend in with any n [...]

    16. The first part of this book is a very detailed and scientific look at octopuses(don't call them octopi). That I found this not very accessible is probably more down to my expectations of what the book would be rather than any fault of the authors. There are some fascinating facts to be sure but it is exceedingly dry in parts. I was also disappointed to find very little about octopuses in a long chapter toward the end. I understand that squid and cuttlefish are all cephalopods but if I wanted to [...]

    17. 4 stars simply for being the first book I've read on octopuses.* And because cephalopods are just all f'n neat as anything alive. The science is dumbed down a bit and information can be repetitive - the result of three cheery researchers writing about their all-time, favoritest sea critter. Still a very worthwhile read*The authors remind us that 'octopi' is the Latinized (and incorrect) plural applied by smarty-pants dickheads. To really get your science snoot on, the proper term is the Greek 'o [...]

    18. This book was mostly wonderful. I love octopuses, and Octopus is chock full of fascinating information and fun anecdotes. In the beginning, nearly every page had some new tidbit on it that had me exclaiming aloud and sharing with whoever would listen. However, the book lost its luster a bit as it went on; the same facts and stories were repeated over and over (to the point where I actually felt that I was reading the same exact chapter twice in a row), and the writing was frequently unclear and [...]

    19. One of the better popular books on the octopus. Chapters are: 1 In the Egg 2 Drifting and Settling 3 Making a Living 4 In the Den 5 Getting Around 6 Appearances 7 Not Getting Eaten 8 Personalities 9 Intelligence 10 Sex At Last 11 The Rest of the Group PS Keeping a Captive Octopus Excellent detail in all chapters. Many parts of interest. Quite enjoyed the section on the larval animals as part of the plankton. The section on keeping an octopus had interesting material on aquarium chemistry and bal [...]

    20. I have always been fascinated by octopuses(this book explains why that is the correct plural) so I borrowed this book from the library to find out more about them. The book contains many interesting facts about this mostly reclusive denizen of the oceans. One fact that amazed me was that although a few species of octopuses are large, most are small creatures. Their lifespan also was a surprise, with the longest being about 4 years. This book provided an interesting look at this impressive invert [...]

    21. Another book I figured I'd sit in the library and finish because I was over halfway (not due for another week, but thought I should return another). A very in depth book on octopus behavior, physiology, and life cycle for a general audience with a postscript at the end for any saltwater enthusiasts interested in actually keeping octopodes (not recommended unless you already have experience with marine tanks, and only with certain species). Probably too dry for the average reader but definitely a [...]

    22. A great book, using the proper scientific terms, but also written in plain English. Three authors all have associations and experience over many years of working with octopuses. (and that is the correct plural, not octopi. From the Greek, not Latin)Discusses the octopus' life cycle, from birth to mating and death. The end couple of chapters are devoted to details if people wish to do the hard work in keeping one in a tank.

    23. An interesting, semi-scientific book about octopuses, with some beautiful colour photographs included. I much preferred this book to Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Seasimply because there is more information, better writing style, less travelogue dialogue and minimal eating of octopuses.

    24. Beautiful photos in the middle of the book. This book reads a bit like a text book, barring any graphics and diagrams. However, I found the chapter on "personality" and the final chapter on other invertebrates interesting. I am sucker for all things cuttlefish, and they did give proper attention to cuttlefish. :) This is worth a read because it is fact-packed, but a tad dry. (After reading Sapolsky's work, I now have a new standard for science non-fiction, non-textbook books.)

    25. This book was exactly what I expected, based on other reviews I'd read: poorly written, badly edited (if it was edited at all), and in possession of the information I needed. I can see why Katherine Harmon Courage felt there was room for another book on the subject. I'm reading hers today, and I expect to enjoy it much more.

    26. A fun book, covering the life cycle, behavior, and intelligence of octopuses and related cephalopods. The three authors are scientists who've all worked with marine animals during their careers, and consequently there's a wealth of hands-on information. The presentation could have been improved I think, as I found some parts to get overly dry and technical to the point that my eyes glazed over, but there's enough here to keep the read interesting if you don't mind a little of that.

    27. This is a purely biological book. It is very interesting as it shows the complete phases of the octopus, including the personalities. It profiles each of the different octopuses and is comprehensive in it's knowledge. But I found it dry and not as interesting as the book, "The Soul of the Octopus" by Sy Montgomery, which I highly recommend.

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