The Octopus Scientists

The Octopus Scientists


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With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. It’s baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckers—suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow.
        But most intriguing of all, octopuses—classed as mollusks, like clams—are remarkably intelligent with quirky personalities. This book, an inquiry into the mind of an intelligent invertebrate, is also a foray into our own unexplored planet. These thinking, feeling creatures can help readers experience and understand our world (and perhaps even life itself) in a new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544232709
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 293,397
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sy Montgomery writes award winning books for children and adults. Her book Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot was awarded the 2011 Sibert Medal. She lives in Hancock, NH.
Keith Ellenbogen specializes in underwater photography and videography, documenting marine life to showcase the beauty of nature, inspire social change, and protection of the natural world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany


Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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