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Octopus Encounter

So, today is 5/9/20 and I’m in beautiful Honolulu, HI. A great place to be quarantined. Just saying. (Don’t mean to brag, but definitely mean to be grateful. ) Anyway, I looked through my shiny new book on facts about Hawaii and found a fun article about the octopus. Here are some fun facts:

  1. An Octopus has three hearts and blue blood.
  2. It can’t hear, but it has great eyesight.
  3. And the nearly 2,000 suction cups on its arms – lined up in two rows – are able to smell and taste, so it can find food easily. It grabs the food with its arms, jumps on top and eats it with its SHARP BEAK.
  4. An octopus has no bones but is almost all muscle – making them really strong.
  5. If an octopus loses an arm, it can grow a new one.
  6. An octopus can change colors to blend into its background, and even change its texture – bumpy ridged – to look just like its surroundings. It can squirt water at predators, will hold up rocks to protect itself, and, as a last resort, it will release ink. The ink can hide the octopus as it escapes or even temporarily blind a fish.
  7. Warning… this is sorta icky… A mother octopus will guard her eggs for 4-6 weeks on the ocean floor, never leaving them. She will slowly starve to death and when she dies, her body provides food for her young.

#7 is just a bit too “giving” for me. I mean, I feel like I would be as amazing as an octopus if need be, but thank goodness there is takeout. And, honestly, I don’t think I’d be that good for my kids if they had to eat me. I’m full of junk food.

**Even worse, now I don’t feel like I deserve to be celebrated tomorrow for Mother’s Day. I mean, compared to an octopus? Crap.

Well, I just won’t tell my kids about this. HA!

Take care and have a Happy Mother’s Day!

p.s. The picture above is me underwater with a baby octopus in the Florida Keys. Obviously, I look wary. My husband thought it would be a great picture and I obliged, cautiously. That suctioned-cup little eight-legged guy must have had a healthier mother to munch on because he was strong. He kept wrapping around my mask, my arms, my fingers and it was super difficult to get this picture. My eyes were basically telling my husband to “just take the picture already.” When we surfaced, another diver came up and said I was crazy because that octopus could have bitten me with his beak. I said I thought about that but was relieved it was a young octopus. The diver shrugged and said the younger octopus is even more poisonous. Lesson learned. And, again, grateful I made it through the photoshoot.

p.s.s. Don’t do this at home folks. Or underwater.

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