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December 15, 2006

Octopus escaping through a 1 inch hole

Wow. Just wow. Oh, and a little bit freaky.

Here's the description: "Octopuses have an amazing ability to squeeze through tiny crevices, cracks and holes.  My fall BIOS independent studies student, Raymond Deckel is investigating just how small a hole Octopus macropus can fit through as well as how long it takes them to squeeze through different sizes of holes.  CAABS intern Rowena Day, NSF-REU intern Jared Kibele as well as teaching assistant Abel Valdivia help wrangle the 232 g  octopus, Ray times it’s escape through a 1 inch hole while I shot video clips for later analysis.  Location: Whalebone Bay, St. George’s, Bermuda.

Dr. James B. Wood - BIOS
The Cephalopod Page"

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