Many Things Under a Rock

Many Things Under a Rock The Mysteries of Octopuses

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Brings the world of the octopus vividly alive... a sense of what it might be like to live in their skins.' Financial Times

'Fascinating. The deepest of octopus books.' Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Other Minds

'I was agog at some of his accounts. Mind-blowing and soul-expanding' Sy Montgomery

What is it like to be an octopus?

The octopus is a highly intelligent and deeply mysterious creature. It can change colour as quickly as it can move, 'think' with its tentacles and communicate in sophisticated ways.

Marine biologist David Scheel's lifelong preoccupation with these animals has led to a career of groundbreaking research, from finding previously unknown species to the discovery of signaling communication. In Many Things Under a Rock, Scheel shares his deep scientific understanding of octopuses and recounts his intrepid adventures with these mysterious, charismatic creatures.

He investigates four major mysteries about octopuses: what can we know about such elusive and camouflaged creatures? Why are they so extraordinarily resilient? How do their bodies work? And what kind of relationships do they have? In unravelling these mysteries, Dr Scheel shows octopuses to be complex emotional beings and reveals what they can teach us about ourselves.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529392609
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: Hodder
Pub date:
DEWEY: 594.56
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 524g
Height: 240mm
Width: 164mm
Spine width: 31mm