At the grand opening of Sea Life Aquarium's Friday, April 22, Carlsbad Patch learned that the octopus is so much more than just an eight-armed sea creature. Did you know they have friendly personalities, well-developed brains and are said to be the most intelligent invertebrates in the world? You'll have a whole new outlook on the boneless creature at after reading these fascinating facts:
- The octopuses at Sea Life often get fed their food inside a Mr. Potato Head. Getting to the food is a game. When they figure out how to open Mr. Potato Head, they get the food inside.
- Live crab is the favorite food of the resident Giant Pacific Octopus.
- When speaking about more than one octopus, the plural is octopi or octopuses.
- Octopuses are nocturnal.
- They have short- and long-term memory. They can do puzzles and mazes.
- The average age of an octopus is four months to four years old. The larger the octopus, the longer it lives.
- The zebra octopus at Sea Life loves to hide in dens or small spaces. It can change the color of its body and its texture.
- Octopuses are found in every ocean in the world
- Sizes range from one inch to more than 16 feet.
- The largest Giant Pacific Octopus ever found weighed 600 pounds—that's the same size as a brown bear!
- The Giant Pacific Octopus at Sea Life has shaken hands with actor Mark Wahlberg.
More facts from AnimalPlanet.com:
- Octopuses die shortly after reproducing. Males only live a few months after mating, and females are genetically programmed to expire shortly after their eggs hatch.
- An octopus will intentionally lose one of its arms as a decoy to predators, allowing it to escape. A new arm will regrow in six to eight weeks.
- Octopuses have three hearts. Two of them pump blood through the gills, while the third pumps blood through the rest of the body.