Xavier Wright Period 9 May 16, 2016

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"One hundred species of octopus are distributed throughout the seas of the world, but are especially numerous in warm seas."

"Octopus live in North Pacific, North Atlantic, off the coasts of tropical and subtropical Africa and Atlantic America and is especially numerous in the Mediterranean, and reaches the southern coasts of the British Isles." (International Wildlife Encyclopedia)

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"The octopus extend its arm toward the target by a wave like propagation of a bend that travels from the base of the arm toward the tip. Octopus move by jet propulsion sucking water into a muscular sac in the mantle cavity surrounding their bodies and quickly expelling it out a narrow siphon." (www.jneurosci.org)

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Body Covering

"Mimics are baby octopus. They are quite small growing only up to 60cm (2 feet ) long and have a body. As with all octopus, the mimic has 8 arms , a mantle containing 3 hearts and other internal organs, and a siphon used for jet propulsion." (www.divetheworld.com)

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"Octopus eat small crabs , scallops, plus some snails fish, turtles, crustaceans (like shimp)

and other octpus. They catch prey with their arms, then kill it by biting it with their tough beak, paralyzing the prey with a nerve poison, and softening the flesh." (www.enchangedlearning.com)


"The male octopus has a modified arm called the hectocotylus which about a meter long and holds rows of sperm. The female meticulously cares for eggs until they hatch forgoing food the entire time." (animals-howstuffworks.com)


"Octopus can hide by squeezing into tiny crevices on the ocean floor. An Octopus will give itself an opportunity to escape by releasing a dark pigment along a jet stream of water." (animal/traits-octopus-survive.html)
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Other Info

"Studies have shown that octopus learn easily . They are the first invertebrates to be seen using coconut shells to hide from potiention predators and using rocks and jets of water in a way that could be classified as tool use." (www.onekind.org)