Octopuses are an eight legged creature that lives in the ocean and is one of the smartest water life creatures. The octopus (plural octopuses) is a soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusk. The soft body can rapidly alter its shape, enabling octopuses to squeeze through small gaps. They trail their eight appendages behind them as they swim. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse of all invertebrates. Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short and long-term memory. In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be readily trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them. Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food. They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.
Fun Facts: An octopus has 9 brains and 3 hearts!
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