“Can octopuses do gymnastics at the bottom of the ocean?”

Octopus danceWell, maybe, although The Four-Year-Old and I both think it looks more like dancing. But then again, rhythmic gymnastics looks more like dancing to us too.

Warning: Watching the octopus video will raise all kinds of questions, like:

  • Can Princess Octopuses have Prince Octopuses?
  • And what’s in that big balloony head?

Fortunately, we’re here for you.

Thanks to our crack research team, when your Four-Year-Old asks, you can say with confidence that yes, there is a Prince Octopus. However, as he’s a boxer from Ghana who competed in the 2008 Olympic games, one hopes that the Princess Octopus will never meet him.

As for question number two: That big balloony head (technically called a mantle) houses the octopus’ brains, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. (Diagram here, courtesy of How Stuff Works.)

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(Image by Morten Brekkevold via Flickr)

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write and research than the current one), my writerly self can be found sifting through the stacks in my church’s archives looking for a few good stories to tell, blogging about life with a very curious Six-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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