My Favorite Invertebrate

That "giant sucking sound" you hear might not be the one Ross Perot warned us about back in 1992. Perot claimed that NAFTA would suck away American jobs.

The sucking sound might actually be caused by a tiny lady octopus overly curious about a tank valve. Her efforts resulted in an office flood at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Did the octopus have willful intent to flood the office? Probably not. A cat might have willful intent to damage personal property, but it doesn't have suction cups on its arms. An octopus has the intelligence and curiosity of a cat, but not the attitude.

I've always heard that an octopus can open a peanut butter jar if it sees something sparkly inside. An octopus will collect shells and bits of sea glass to make a fence outside its den. Even the largest giant octopus can get its body through an opening the size of an apple. And it doesn't shed or walk on your kitchen counter.

© 2009 Nancy L. Ruder

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