Octopus. Richard Schweid.

London: Reaktion Books, 2014. Octavo, paperback, photographs, illustrations.

Reaktion Animal Series. The octopus is generally acknowledged to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world: according to marine biologists the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has a mental capacity comparable with that of a dog. This book explores both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal's remarkable natural history. Here, Schweid documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. It shows how, over the millennia, some people have considered octopuses as nothing more than a tasty meal, and how they are an important component of the modern global fish and seafood industry. Other cultures regard them as erotic totems, or symbols of the darkest evils. The octopus has always fascinated people, and this book will immerse readers in its amazing world.

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