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The Perfect Spy

With incredible smarts, uncanny camouflage skills and the ability to creep into tiny crevasses, octopuses are the ocean’s perfect spy. In this feature program, learn more about this iconic British Columbian species and some of the feats it can accomplish. Try to catch a glimpse of it in the nooks and crannies of its habitat. If you’re lucky, it may come out of its hiding place to learn more about you.
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About Octopuses

A really big giant Pacific octopus can have an arm spread of 9m — as wide as a two-storey building is tall. They don’t live long— only three to five years. A female octopus may lay 35,000 to 70,000 eggs at a time. She guards, cleans and sends oxygen to the eggs until they hatch—at which point she dies. Her body is recycled in the food web, nourishing other animals and ultimately providing food for her young when they hatch.
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Octopuses Are
Related To Clams

Octopuses, like clams, are invertebrates—animals without backbones. Other marine invertebrates include sea anemones, jellies, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and shrimps. You can find marine invertebrates in almost every marine habitat. Some marine invertebrates, including tube worms, live on the ocean bottom near vents that expel sulphide-rich water heated to 400°C. Sulphides are poisonous to most animals, but bacteria in the tube worms’ bodies can metabolize hydrogen sulphide so it’s actually a food source.


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