Cephalopod Awareness Day? Just in case you need reminding, octopuses and squid are cephalopods. They are among the world's most fascinating animals.
Now you see it, now you don't! In less than a second, an octopus can change the color of its skin. It also has many other tricks up its arms to get away from predators, including the ability to lose one of those arms or shoot a cloud of dark ink. Meet this master of escape and learn all about its story of survival in my book, Octopus, Escape Artist of the Sea.
And, for a terrific view of octopuses (or octopi) in real life, go to the Monterey Aquarium in California and take a trip through the amazing world of cephalopods..
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Don’t miss Tentacles: the whimsical, Jules-Verne influenced excursion through the world of cephalopods, packed with hands-on exhibits and kiddo-eye level tanks. Because the Aquarium is so awesome, you should allot at least 4 hours to explore. There are otter and shark feedings and other daily programs, an entire play area geared toward the younger crowd (upstairs) that includes water play and other hands-on fun and even a baby tumble zone for the littlest sharks. For a truly unforgettable experience, kids ages 8-13 can enroll in the Underwater Explorers program.