6 Interesting Facts about Octopus
6 Interesting Facts about Octopus You like to eat octopus but do you know anything about octopuses? There is a lot more to know about these strange creatures which are edible, and people love to eat them. Do you know that there is a restaurant which offers you to eat the Octopuses alive? Does it sound something you can do? Can you eat a living octopus? Moving its arms in your mouth? Well, this is another debate, but we have to find out some interesting facts about Octopuses. First of all, let's know about what is the meaning of word "Octopus"? The word Octopus, was taken from the Greek word "oktopus", meaning "eight foot". All of us know that Octopus has eight foot but there are a lot of interesting facts about octopuses.
- Found 300 million years ago: You may know that octopus had belonged to oldest historical animal’s category. It is said that octopus fossils were found, and lived some 300 million years ago, we are told that they are from the era of Carboniferous. Those fossils were belonged to a Pohlsepia species. You may visit Field Museum Chicago, for watching displayed sample of old octopus fossils. You may say that the octopus has long history or they are from one of the oldest animals those were found millions of years back.
- What about Octopus Heart: As you know that octopus have different body structure than other sea creatures. It is crazy to know that octopuses have three hearts. Are you thinking that it has three heart may be that’s why the octopus will have long life? It’s all the part of joke but octopus’s all three hearts work at the same time and their hearts perform different functions. Let us know about the functionality of these 3 hearts, why they have three hearts. Quite surprising right? Well, you will get it clear when you will know the functions of these three hearts. Two of the hearts, move blood to the animal's gills and the third one, which is called an organ heart, circulates the blood to all organs of the animal's body. When the animal is swimming, the organ heart stops beating. So, now you know the function of the three hearts, and as the organ heart stops beating then octopus will have to stay somewhere so that the blood will be pumped in the organs. In this way the organs will work properly, it actually sounds weird but this million-year-old animal has a heart to work that way.
- Functions of Octopus's Arms: Another amazing thing about octopus is that its arms control the functions by its own, it means arms have a mind of their own. Whoa! Mind in the arms? Seriously? All the neurons of octopus are found in its arms rather than in the head. Due to this, octopus's arms know how to manage the functions and how to solve a problem whenever their owners are doing something else. These arms check out of cave for edible things and after serving these arms can even react. So, now you have a clear idea of where the brain of an octopus is? Do not get surprised as of yet, there are a lot of more interesting facts are coming your way. Be prepared!
- What Aristotle Said: Aristotle, great philosopher, wrote animals history in 350BC. In his history of animals, he wrote some unknown facts about octopuses. Now you are curious to know what actually the Aristotle has told. So, here are the thoughts of Aristotle about octopus, "The octopus actually dumb and kind of stupid creature". It will easily be approached by a person when it floats in the lower surface of water. Aristotle told that this creature is careful and neat enough, it stores edibles like skeletons of little fish, shell of crabs and shell-fish, in its nest. So, it is proved that octopus is crazy about its food and it takes care of its eating stuff.
- Short lived You might get surprised after knowing that the octopuses are short lived. Yes, you read it right. After having all these amazing abilities such as three hearts, brain in the arms and what not, these species are short lived. They can live only a few years and there are some species of Octopuses who only can live six months.
- Blue blood You can tell your friends about the three hearts, brain in the arms and the blue blood of Octopuses. They do possess a blue blood as their blood is copper based, which makes it blue in color and they can easily transport oxygen throughout their body. One thing to note here is that this blue blood system is pretty much sensitive to acidity changes, is the pH is low then the oxygen will not be circulated, which can be pretty much dangerous for the Octopus’s life.
- Playfulness We know that we love to see the abilities we possess in animals as well, and we love the animals who have the specialties a human can have. You must have a friend who has kept an Octopus as a pet and he might have told you that the Octopus is quite playful. Yes, this is right. Octopus can play around the things and with its human partner as well (it must not be POISONOUS). For example, the octopus can play with a plastic bottle and make it like a ball bouncing over it. End note Now, you have quite a lot of information about Octopuses and you might feel good when there is a discussion on Octopus as you will be able to provide your friends with these fun facts. You will not regret getting this information as when you will go to eat Octopus with your friends you can impress them with these facts that you know now. Just go out in some Octopus restaurant with your friends and while eating you can tell them these fun facts so that they can enjoy their time while eating.
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