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15 Incredible Octopus Photos and Facts

With three hearts, how can you not love them.

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By Emy Rodriguez Flores, Redbook

In honor of World Octopus Day, please consider making a donation to Oceana to contribute to the restoration of the world's oceans and protect their critical biodiversity. Oceana is an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean.

From the amount of hearts each octopus has to what music they enjoy; our eight-limbed friends are some of the most interesting sea creatures that inhabit the oceans. With strong roots in mythology and even stronger roots within science investigations, the modern-day octopus is a species that we have yet to fully understand. These fascinating facts are just scratching the surface...


Octopuses can change color

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Octopuses are extremely colorful. Their cells contain something called chromatophores, which are basically little balloons that they can contract producing different shades of color. They can even produce multiple colors at the same time. Normally, they use this to hide from predators or communicate with each other. A study at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole in Massachusetts revealed that some even change colors to match the beat of a song (in this case, Cypress Hill).


Octopuses are homebodies

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Don’t confuse them for shy, but don’t expect them to be the life of the party either. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, Octopuses are solitary creatures that don’t travel in schools or associate with others outside of mating. They’re usually hiding in caves unless they're searching for food or something along those lines.


Octopuses are dedicated and deadly lovers

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