By Katherine Harmon Courage
Nobody is familiar with the octopus. With 8 hands, 3 hearts, camouflaging pores and skin, and a disarmingly sentient glance at the back of its hugely developed eyes, how may perhaps it look whatever yet totally alien?
Octopuses were desirable people for so long as we have now been catching them. Many cultures have octopus-centric construction myths, paintings, and, in fact, food. For all of our historic fascination and hundreds of thousands of greenbacks’ worthy of contemporary learn, in spite of the fact that, we nonetheless haven't been capable of get a company clutch on those enigmatic creatures.
Now, Katherine Harmon braveness, a veteran journalist and contributing editor for clinical American, dives into the mystifying underwater international of the octopus. She studies from worldwide of her adventures in Spain, Greece, or even Brooklyn, inviting us to event the medical discoveries and deep cultural ties that attach us to the octopus.
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I realize deeply, as if in a dream, that this place, wherever it is, is one of the most ruggedly beautiful places I have ever been, the type of place that will let you stay just long enough to see its exquisite savageness. As we motor away, Dios mentions that his family has been coming to this spot for years. “Bonita,” he says, almost to himself. The next leg of the trip takes us out into choppier waters. The boat is pitching wildly despite the clear skies. I’ve wedged myself into my corner of the pilothouse, holding on to the top of the doorjamb and pressing my right arm against some metal protrusion on the side, trying to act casual.
Because fragile coral ecosystems can seriously suffer from a tough trawl, some areas in Europe restrict trawls to offshore muddy or sandy areas that are fifty meters or more deep. And often the octopuses out there are curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa), which aren’t quite as desirable as the ones closer to shore. Locals in Spain call them “the poor brother” of the common octopus caught by traps in shallower waters, so they are canned and sold abroad. The Seven Seas Octopuses have reached their long arms into all of the world’s oceans and most of its seas.
And often the octopuses out there are curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa), which aren’t quite as desirable as the ones closer to shore. Locals in Spain call them “the poor brother” of the common octopus caught by traps in shallower waters, so they are canned and sold abroad. The Seven Seas Octopuses have reached their long arms into all of the world’s oceans and most of its seas. ). Some species, however, have made it into more extreme environments. The aptly named Vulcanoctopus hydrothermalis, for example, makes its home near the piping-hot, mineral-rich hydrothermal vents thousands of feet below the ocean surface.
Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea by Katherine Harmon Courage