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Friday, November 1, 2013

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Important Octopus Facts

At Smithsonian Mag, some octopus knowledge: they've been around for almost 300 million years; they have three hearts; the plural is "octopuses" and not "octopi"; 2/3 of their neurons are in their tentacles and not in their heads; they have blue blood; if they do not escape their own toxic, camouflaging ink clouds, they can die; if they don't die by self-inflicted ink cloud, they will die shortly after mating. Cool stuff about octopus mating:

Multiple males either insert their spermatophores directly into a tubular funnel that the female uses to breathe, or else literally hand her the sperm, which she always accepts with one of her right tentacles (researchers do not know why). Afterwards, males wander off to die. As for the females, they can lay up to 400,000 eggs, which they obsessively guard and tend to. Prioritizing their motherly duties, females stop eating. But she doesn’t starve to death–rather, when the eggs hatch, the female’s body turns on her. Her body undertakes a cascade of cellular suicide, starting from the optic glands and rippling outward through her tissues and organs until she dies.

A cascade of cellular suicide. Multiple males insert their spermatophores directly into a tubular funnel that the female uses to breathe. Jesus Christ. Stay woke on the octopus.

[Smithsonian]



9 Comments / Post A Comment

stonefruit

Between these guys and the jellyfish, I don't know if I'll ever go back into the ocean again. D: D: D:

allendaniel

₩0₩ G☻☻D@a

Scar892

Ya'll, I super love some octopuses. Insane creatures of the deep.

leylusha

I prefer "octopodes."

tuntastica

THE PLURAL IS ACTUALLY 'OCTOPODES'

GREEK, BITCHES

Megasus

@tuntastica Is it actually? I want to know for editing/being annoyed with Wired magazine purposes.

tuntastica

@Megasus Yup! Octopus is a Greek word; the plural suffix -i is Latin. So it is more correct to say octopuses than octopi - but if you are being hella accurate, it is octopodes because that is the Greek declension. But you will sound like a dork if you use it in everyday octopus conversation.

Megasus

Why has the last couple of weeks been the weeks I learn all the scary thing about octopuses?

jenefee

Thanks for the info, maybe I can use this ended my tufted marketing and I've been use untold anulus media in run a interaction and they someone existing a big amend on me. Judi Bola

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