Octopuses are alien life forms

posted by Sarah Jacobs -

I love octopuses. Yes, the plural of 'octopus' is 'octopuses.' Octopus is a Greek word, and to pluralize a Greek word, you add '-es' to it. If it were Latin, you'd add '-i,' making it 'octopi,' but since it's Greek, 'octopi' is wrong. It's 'octopuses.' Now you know. 

Anyway, I love octopuses. I scuba dive, and it's a bucket-list item for me to see an octopus in the ocean. I've seen them in captivity, but it's rare for divers to see them in the wild because they are inactive during most of the daylight hours; they come out to eat at dawn and dusk, which is when you're most likely to see them. That's also *not* when most divers are in the water, which explains why it's rare to see them in the wild. One day though. 

Octopuses are strange. They are exceptionally intelligent for an invertibrate, and have a unique structure and weird skills that aren't really found in other cephalopods. They can solve puzzles, are master escape artists, and can camouflage the color and texture of their skin. (Did you know when you woke up this morning that you were going to learn SO MUCH about octopuses today?! I bet you didn't!)

So here's where I'm going with today's discussion about my favorite mollusk: there are scientists--REAL scientists, not just a bunch of weirdos who ordered their degrees from a print shop on the internet--who believe octopuses are alien. As in, not from Earth. 

OOOOOOOOO---KAAYYYYY. 

These scientists think that, instead of evolving or adapting through the years like other animals on Earth, octopuses might have been dropped here by an alien species as eggs. 

These scientists claim to have found enough evidence (should I put "evidence" in quotation marks here? I feel like I should) to support the alien theory. 

You can read more about that craziness HERE. 

And, because octopuses are SO COOL and I'm a dork who may or may not have just spent the last 20 minutes watching octopus videos on YouTube, here are some really amazing octopus videos so you can start to appreciate these amazing animals as much as I do! Enjoy!

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