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Deimatic Behavior – An Octopus’s Great Defense

Good behavior, bad behavior…deimatic behavior!! Dei-ma-what? Deimatic behavior is when an animal attempts to startle a predator to avoid getting eaten. It is commonly used by animals that lack a strong defense—like a squishy octopus! Take a deep dive and discover how different cephalopods demonstrate deimatic behavior. Did you know

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Octo-Mom: How Do Octopus Give Birth? (The Inside Scoop!)

Ever wonder how baby octopuses come into this world? Who takes care of them? How many eggs does a mama octopus lay? Why does she die after her young hatch? You’re about to find out as we dive into how octopuses give birth and care for their precious eggs!  There

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Top 5 Smallest, Teeniest, Tiniest, Octopus Species!

Itsy bitsy! Teeny weeny! Extra-tiny! Welcome to the world of pocket-sized octopuses! I know octopuses are sometimes portrayed as scary monsters, but how scary can an octopus really be when it’s the size of a paper clip? I dare you not to fall in love with these fun-sized cuties! Here

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‘Artist Spotlight’ Of The Week: Mac McCarthy

Howdy Nation! In today’s post, we are going to be featuring our ‘Artist Spotlight’ of the week: Mac McCarthy. While he is not repairing wheels and rims, Mac is best known for using his welding skills to create some awesome art sculptures. In this interview, we will be learning all

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5 Blue-Ringed Octopus Facts That’ll Leave You Shook!

Move over great white sharks, the deadliest creature in the ocean is gelatinous, has a beak, and is the size of a golf ball. I present to you the unassuming, but beautifully colored, Blue-Ringed Octopus whose saliva contains a toxin that’s 1,000 times more powerful than cyanide. Let’s take a

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‘Artist Spotlight’ Of The Week: Alan Williams

Howdy Nation! In today’s post, we are going to be featuring our ‘Artist Spotlight’ of the week: Alan Williams. Alan Williams is best known for using recycled scrap metal to create beautiful art sculptures. In this interview, we will be learning all about Alan’s process of creating a metal sculpture

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Maori Octopus Facts: One Of New Zealand’s Largest Species!

Dark red with smooth speckled white skin and long uneven long arms…who am I? The Maori Octopus, of course! One of the largest and strongest octopus species found around New Zealand and Australia with the power to suffocate a dolphin! Read on to learn more Maori Octopus facts and everything

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5 Awesome Dumbo Octopus Facts (The Cutest Octopus Ever!)

You might be thinking, “What’s so special about an octopus?”… Well, you’re in for a treat. Dumbo Octopuses are the cutest little creatures in the sea! They have big, adorable eyes and a tiny body that make them irresistible! Keep reading as we will be looking at some Dumbo Octopus

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7 Fun Facts About The Majestic Mimic Octopus!

Trickery is the name of the game for the Mimic Octopus. With their ability to change into AND act like many different venomous and bad tasting species, they can cruise along the shallow sandy bottoms of the ocean with confidence. The only way these non-venomous and soft-bodied octopuses can do

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