Octopus (Reaktion Books - Animal)

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 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.

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

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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

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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

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Book Description Reaktion Books. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Octopus, Richard Schweid, 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 # B9781780231778

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