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  • Hodder Press
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses

David Scheel

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Sea life & the seashore

A riveting new exploration of the octopus from the world-leading expert, marine biologist David Scheel. For fans of 'My Octopus Teacher' and Other Minds.

'Fascinating. Scheel's unique perspective on these animals make this the deepest of octopus books.' Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of runaway bestseller Other Minds: Octopuses and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

'I was agog at some of his accounts. Mind-blowing and soul-expanding' Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus

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.

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Praise for Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses

  • Fascinating. Scheel's unique perspective on these animals, his evocative writing... make this the deepest of octopus books.

  • David Scheel's astonishing observations make him one of the most important octopus ethologists working today. I was agog at some of his accounts: severed arms wincing with pain; octopuses throwing things at each other; and octopuses seemingly standing sentinel over their octopus neighborhoods. This book is mind-blowing and soul-expanding. You'll be thinking and talking about Many Things Under a Rock for a long time.

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