Octopuses are capable of performing very complex movements. One individual at the Seattle Aquarium was known for being able to open child-proof medicine bottles!
Researchers have also observed wild octopuses using coconut shells, rocks, and other items as tools—a skill reserved for a select few animals including chimpanzees, dolphins, and crows.
Capable of changing the colour of their entire body in less than half a second, octopuses prefer to hide than fight.
While they can navigate nearly any terrain thanks to their sucker-covered arms, and are capable of fitting into shockingly small spaces, they’re not the fastest creatures around.
They can dart away at up to 40 kilometres (24.85 miles) per hour, but their blood stops flowing when they swim, so they can only do so in short bursts.
And while they’ve been around a long time, they’re not the longest-living creatures either. Most species will only live for a few years—with some living for only months.
Both male and female octopuses die after breeding. But they make up for this by having huge families. A single female can lay up to 400,000 eggs!
This relatively quick lifecycle means that octopus populations are alive and well in most areas they call home.