The Soul Of An Octopus

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Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this ôfascinatingàtouchingàinformativeàentertainingö (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopusùa surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creatureùand the remarkable connections it makes with humans. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalitiesùgentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple ôsleights of handö to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animalÆs color-changing techniques. With her ôjoyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creaturesö (Library Journal EditorsÆ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.