“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)

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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