How Much Do You Know about the Octopus – 8 Interesting Facts

Here comes the mighty Octopus, a blue-blooded creature from the sea with a three hearts, eight arms and one big brain. Yes, you read it well. Now, let’s find out more about this strange animal.

Royalty or not?

Well, octopuses literally have blue blood because it is not iron based like humans, but copper-based (allows oxygen to transport better in a cold environment such as an ocean).

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Sweetheart(s)

This water animal has two small hearts and one big. The smaller ones are close to the gills and enrich the blood with oxygen before transferring it to the big (main) heart, where it pumps this refreshed blood to the rest of the octopus body.

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Double Shiva

The Octopus has four pairs of arms, but unlike Shiva, he is not “Lord of the Dancers”. According to some scientists, Octopus actually has six arms ad two legs (new moment). Well, legs or arms, he is really amazing.

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Young and Beautiful

Sadly, an octopus can only live from 1 to 5 years. Males die quietly, after mating. On the other hand, females die after their eggs hatch. Obviously, mating is a pretty subdued affair for octopuses.

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Brainiacs

Believe it or not, octopuses are considered one of the most intelligent among the animals. When they are in the wild, they can use tools to hide themselves or to open shellfish. The size of their brains is similar to the size of bird brains.

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Dish – Shellfish

The typical diet of an octopus consists of crabs, prawns and mollusks. How do they get through the hard shell? They can break it apart using their strong beaks, or drill a hole in the shell and then slurp the soft parts inside.

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Gardeners

These animals actually like glittering objects. They travel all over the ocean floor picking up glittery objects, and then arranging them into a collection known as “octopus garden”.

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New grown arms

Lizards and starfish can regrow lost limbs. The octopus too. It can detach an arm in order to distract predators, and then grow a new one in its place, which is quite a luxury when you have eight arms.

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