Meet Oakley the Octopus
Oakley the Octopus has so many arms that he finds it challenging to know which one to use for specific tasks. Oakley tends to get nervous in new situations, fearful he will not use the “correct” arm. His confidence grows as he practices using his arms and he learns to trust himself to make the right choice. In fact, there are times when it is very useful to have so many arms, and Oakley is often asked by his friends for the extra help his arms provide.
Fun Facts About Octopus
- “Octo” means eight. An octopus has eight arms with suction cups that it uses to catch and hold its prey.
- An octopus can regrow an arms that has been cut off.
- Octopuses have a large brain and are very intelligent.
- An octopus swims by expelling a jet of water through a muscular tube on its body called a siphon. It sucks water into the tube and blasts the water out to move forward, backward or sideways.
- Octopuses will collect shells and other objects to construct fortresses, or "gardens," around their lairs.
- Octopuses vary greatly in size. The largest species, found in the Pacific Ocean, can weigh up to 150 pounds. It measures more than 20 feet from the tip of one arm to the tip of another on the opposite side of the body. The smallest species, found in the Indian Ocean, weighs less than 1 ounce and measures about 1 inch from arm tip to arm tip.
- Octopuses have three hearts; a main heart that supplies blood to the body, plus two additional hearts that supply blood to the animal’s gills.
- An octopus can escape danger by rapidly changing colors. These color changes may startle a predator or enable the octopus to blend with its surroundings.
- When threatened, an octopus will release a cloud of black ink to obscure its attacker's view, giving it time to swim away. The ink contains a substance that dulls a predator's sense of smell, making the fleeing octopus harder to track.