It seems that I have developing a fascination for marine life. This was sparked off earlier this year when I read Moby-Dick and I subsequently bought a book about whales (it will be read) Octopuses interest me as well, although my only interaction with them is when I clean and cook them. When I heard there is a book about their behaviour, I quickly bought that as well.
The Soul of an Octopus is more a memoir than a detailed scientific study, saying that someone who knows nothing about these fascinating animals will learn something.
The structure of the book consists of the author, a renowned nature writer, visiting an aquarium where she immerses herself into octopus life. She bonds with a couple of them, watches a mating ritual and discovers information about other types of sea life. The apex of this embracing of octopus culture is a deep sea dive in Tahiti, where she meets some octopus up close.
What did I learn from this book? Octopus are intelligent, can recognise people, actually understand when a finger is pointed at an object and play pranks. There’s more but I don’t want this blog to turn into a list.
The book is a sweet read and I can guarantee that the reader will come away with a new appreciation of Octopus (no octopi is an incorrect term)
For Maltese readers.
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