Interesting Octopus Facts for Kids!

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Today is World Octopus Day!! We're massive fans of cephalopods, especially Mstr Zee (5). Ever since he laid eyes on one as a bubba he has been hooked on them hence our OctoBoy T which was a twinkle in his eye brought to reality.

So, what better way to celebrate this amazing creaure with some interesting and fun facts for the kids (and adults too!)

Here we go:

🐙   Octopuses are full of love - they have 3….yes 3 hearts!!

🐙   Octopuses are invertebrates, which means that they are boneless.

🐙   An octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda meaning which is a  soft-bodied invertebrate with a shell.

🐙   There are approx. 300 different octopus species.

🐙   A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

🐙   The oldest octopus fossil is 296 million years old.

🐙   An Octopus doesn’t have 8 arms but 6 arms and 2 legs!

🐙   Despite their walnut-sized brain, octopuses are highly intelligent.

🐙   An octopus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry

🐙   Instead of mating, female octopuses will sometimes strangle males and eat them.

🐙   Octopuses have a relatively short life expectancy, with some species living for as little as six months

🐙   Mimic Octopus impersonate up to 15 marine species, including Sea Snakes, Stingrays, Lionfishes, and Jellyfishes!

🐙   The largest Octopus ever documented had a mass of 71 kg (156.5 lb).

🐙   The octopus' suction cups are equipped with chemoreceptors so it can taste what it is touching.

🐙   Depending on the Octopuse’s habitat they will eat anything from worms and clams to lobsters, sharks and even birds!!

🐙   Octopus blood is blue!

So what do you think about those then? Did you learn anything new or did you know these facts already? If you have any other fun or interesting facts about Octopuses to add just comment below!

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