Octopus : Phantom of the Seaby Mary M. Cerullo, Jeffrey L. Rotman, Jeffrey L. Rotman
When threatened, an octopus squirts a cloud of ink and jet propels away. It can change its body color and texture to become all but invisible against the ocean floor. Its boneless form allows it to disappear into impossibly small hiding places--no wonder the octopus is known as "the phantom of the sea." Full-color photos.
Cerullo skillfully combines information on the anatomy, habits, and history of the octopus with interviews of contemporary scientists engaged in research on location in Victoria, British Columbia. Her prose is peppered with the odd facts children find so intriguing, e.g., the female octopus lays a string of up to 50,000 eggs and attaches them to a wall of her cave, where she stays to protect them until they hatch and "eventually starves to death." The photos, many taken underwater, extend the text and greatly enhance the book. Those with James Martin's fine Tentacles (1993) on their shelves will still want this one.
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