Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'd like to be...

June 2008
What a pleasant find! An adult day (or Cyanea octopus) changing color and texture in the marine preserve at Honolua Bay on the northwest side of Maui. The Hawaiian name for this octopus is he‘e.
This is the same octopus as above, only now going for its "textured" look! Day octopus are unusual because they are active during daylight hours (diurnal) and extremely adept at camouflage.
This octopus grew so comfortable with us that it actually seemed curious about CT's waving blond hair!
Octopus exhibit rapid growth, an early age at first maturity, and a short lifespan – living approximately one year and dying after spawning. Octopuses are the most intelligent invertebrates, with mental capabilities comparable to that of the average house cat.
Maze and problem-solving experiments show that they have both short- and long-term memory, although their short lifespans limit the amount they can ultimately learn.
I'd like to be
under the sea
In an octopuses garden
in the shade!
He's let us in
knows just where we've been
in his little hideaway
beneath the waves.
We could be so happy you and me
no one there to tell us what to do
I'd like to be
under the sea
in an octopuses garden
with you!

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