World Octopus Day

Today we celebrate World Octopus Day! The octopus is one of the most iconic creatures in nature. There are over 300 species of Octopus and they can be found in every ocean of the world.

Octopus in St. Vincent

The scientific Latin term octopus was derived from Ancient Greek ὀκτώπους, a compound form of ὀκτώ (oktō, “eight”) and πούς (pous, “foot”), itself a variant form of ὀκτάπους, a word used for example by Alexander of Tralles (c. 525–c. 605) for the common octopus. 

Blue-ringed Octopus in the Philippines

All octopuses are venomous, but only the blue-ringed octopuses are known to be deadly to humans.

Octopus in Thailand

Happy World Octopus Day!

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