“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

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. 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 than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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