Giant Pacific Octopus
Why did I chose this?
I choose the Giant Pacific Octopus because I love sea creatures. Also I think they are very interesting.
Vertebrae or Invertebrate?
Octopi are invertebrates. This mean they don't have any bones. Octopus do have a beak though.
This the scientific name for the Giant Pacific Octopus. They are also called Cephalopods. That means feet around the head in Greek.
Enteroctopus megalocyathus has the same genus. Octopus vulgaris is in the same family.
Giant Pacific Octopus live in the water and in reefs. Octopi are very good at squeezing in small tight spaces. They also camouflage sometimes.
An octopus is both a predator and pray. As predators they hang around reefs and feed on animals who also call that home. As pray octopi serve for food for sharks, whales, and other bigger fish.
The front 6 tentacles are considered the octopus's arms. The back 2 tentacles are considered the legs. They use their "arms" to feel around new spaces. They also feed their self with their arms. They use their back legs to anchor their self in places.
Human use octopus for bait, displays, and to eat.
The Giant Pacific Octopus is not endangered.
1. The giant pacific octopus has three hearts.
2. Each arm has about 280 suction cups.
3. Their arms can reach a width span up to 20 feet across.
4. They gain 2-4 pounds every day.
5. The plural of octopus is not octopi because the original word is Greek not Latin. It is actually octopodes.
I did the picture with the Octopus. The octopus was hidden because it had just had babies and it was protecting them.
I made cookies in the shape of octopodes instead of bringing fish.