Richard Schweid Octopus (Animal)

ISBN 13: 9781780231778

Octopus (Animal)

3.59 avg rating
( 22 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781780231778: Octopus (Animal)

 Our relationship to the octopus dates back to prehistory, when the eight-armed animal was depicted on vases and found in stone carvings from ancient Greece. Now we appreciate them for their abilities as escape artists, with sophisticated camouflage systems and ink jets—as well as their roles in tasty dishes from many cuisines. Octopuses are also among the most intelligent invertebrates in the world, with mental capacity comparable to that of a dog. In this heavily illustrated book, Richard Schweid details this animal’s remarkable natural history and its multifaceted relationship with humans. Schweid describes the octopus’s intelligence, defense mechanisms, and short lifespan. He shows how some people have considered octopuses as nothing more than a meal and examines their role in the modern global fish and seafood industry. Other cultures, he reveals, see them as erotic totems or symbols of the darkest evils, and he discusses the difficulties people face when trying to keep them as pets—they are able to use their problem-solving skills, mobility, and boneless body to escape seemingly secure tanks. A fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary world of these popular creatures, Octopus will immerse readers in its amazing undersea world.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

 Richard Schweid is an author and journalist living in Barcelona. He has published eight books, including Eel in the Animal series for Reaktion Books.

Review:

“Schweid delivers the abundance of information in Octopus in a clear and concise style, and his text is accompanied by dozens of color illustrations, including beautiful photographs of the animals and an array of images from art and folklore. The book is an enjoyable and compact guide to one of nature’s more peculiar creations.”
(Chapter 16)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 19.95
US$ 12.59

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Richard Schweid
Published by Reaktion Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 188 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The octopus is generally acknowledged to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world: according to marine biologists the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has a mental capacity comparable with that of a dog. If you look at an octopus the octopus will look back at you, and actually think about and remember what it is seeing. Octopus relates both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal s remarkable natural history. It is thought to have developed intelligence to compensate for the lack of a shell, rather like human beings. That s where the similarity ends, however - the octopus is short-lived, with a lifespan of two years at most, and it mates only once during its life. A wily creature with an extremely sophisticated camouflage system, the octopus can change the color of its skin to blend in with its surroundings; should this fail it deploys clouds of ink to cover a hasty retreat. And there is no more adept escape artist than an octopus, which can squeeze its boneless body through seemingly impossibly tight openings - as many an unwary octopus keeper has discovered to their cost. Octopus documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. It shows how, over the millennia, some people have considered octopuses as nothing more than a tasty meal, and how they are an important component of the modern global fish and seafood industry. Other cultures regard them as erotic totems, or symbols of the darkest evils. The octopus has always fascinated people, and this book will immerse readers in its amazing world. Bookseller Inventory # AA99781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Schweid, Richard
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 19836570-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Richard Schweid
Published by Reaktion Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 188 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The octopus is generally acknowledged to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world: according to marine biologists the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has a mental capacity comparable with that of a dog. If you look at an octopus the octopus will look back at you, and actually think about and remember what it is seeing. Octopus relates both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal s remarkable natural history. It is thought to have developed intelligence to compensate for the lack of a shell, rather like human beings. That s where the similarity ends, however - the octopus is short-lived, with a lifespan of two years at most, and it mates only once during its life. A wily creature with an extremely sophisticated camouflage system, the octopus can change the color of its skin to blend in with its surroundings; should this fail it deploys clouds of ink to cover a hasty retreat. And there is no more adept escape artist than an octopus, which can squeeze its boneless body through seemingly impossibly tight openings - as many an unwary octopus keeper has discovered to their cost.Octopus documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. It shows how, over the millennia, some people have considered octopuses as nothing more than a tasty meal, and how they are an important component of the modern global fish and seafood industry. Other cultures regard them as erotic totems, or symbols of the darkest evils. The octopus has always fascinated people, and this book will immerse readers in its amazing world. Bookseller Inventory # AA99781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Richard Schweid
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97817802317780000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Richard Schweid
Published by Reaktion Books 2013-10-01 (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books 2013-10-01, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-05052078

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.81
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Richard Schweid
Published by Reaktion Books 2013-11-28, London (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books 2013-11-28, London, 2013. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.82
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Schweid, Richard
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Richard Schweid
Published by Animal (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Animal, 2013. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.23
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Schweid, Richard
Published by Reaktion Books
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books. Book Condition: New. Octopus documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. The book relates both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal's remarkable natural and cultural history. Series: Animal. Num Pages: 224 pages, 60 colour, 40 black and white. BIC Classification: WNCS1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 135 x 190 x 14. Weight in Grams: 342. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Richard Schweid
Published by Reaktion Books, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 1780231776 ISBN 13: 9781780231778
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 188 x 134 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The octopus is generally acknowledged to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world: according to marine biologists the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has a mental capacity comparable with that of a dog. If you look at an octopus the octopus will look back at you, and actually think about and remember what it is seeing. Octopus relates both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal s remarkable natural history. It is thought to have developed intelligence to compensate for the lack of a shell, rather like human beings. That s where the similarity ends, however - the octopus is short-lived, with a lifespan of two years at most, and it mates only once during its life. A wily creature with an extremely sophisticated camouflage system, the octopus can change the color of its skin to blend in with its surroundings; should this fail it deploys clouds of ink to cover a hasty retreat. And there is no more adept escape artist than an octopus, which can squeeze its boneless body through seemingly impossibly tight openings - as many an unwary octopus keeper has discovered to their cost.Octopus documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. It shows how, over the millennia, some people have considered octopuses as nothing more than a tasty meal, and how they are an important component of the modern global fish and seafood industry. Other cultures regard them as erotic totems, or symbols of the darkest evils. The octopus has always fascinated people, and this book will immerse readers in its amazing world. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781780231778

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book