11 Fun Facts That Prove Octopuses Are All Kinds Of Astonishing

Whether you know it or not, octopuses are incredible. They’re some of the smartest creatures under the sea, they can change their appearance entirely, and some of them are pretty darn cute.

Below, 11 facts sure to convince you that octopuses are your new favorite animal.

1. Octopuses are widely considered to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates.
Scientists say octopuses are capable of learning from experience and maintaining short- and long-term memory. They’ve also been observed using tools in an intelligent manner — such as coconuts for personal fortresses.

2. Octopuses have three hearts. And blue blood.
Two hearts serve to move blood past the gills, while the third pumps blood through the rest of the body.

3. Saying “octopi” is incorrect (unfortunately).
Though “octopi” is colloquially sound and very fun to say, the correct plural of octopus is octopuses.

4. They aren’t called “tentacles,” they’re called ”arms.”
Which, again, is way less fun. Tentacles are reserved for squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Octopuses have eight arms, zero tentacles.

5. And each arm has a mind of its own.
Some two-thirds of an octopus’s neurons reside in its arms, meaning they can react to stimuli and function at a fairly high level on their own, even when severed from the body.

6. If Houdini were an animal, it’s safe to say he would have been an octopus.
Since octopuses have no bones in their bodies, they can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks, making them masterful escape artists.

7. Octopuses are considered erotic in Japanese culture.
Octopuses have been incorporated into Japanese art for centuries, often in overtly sexual situations.

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