posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 05:28 PM
I figured this fit into this section better than Crypto.
Lovely fun stuff.
Meet the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of
North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal. These solitary cephalopods reach an
average size (measured from arm-tip to mantle-tip,) of 30-33 cm. Unlike most other cephalopods, tree octopuses are amphibious, spending only their
early life and the period of their mating season in their ancestral aquatic environment.
Because of the moistness of the rainforests and specialized skin adaptations, they are able to keep from becoming desiccated for prolonged periods of
time, but given the chance they would prefer resting in pooled water. An intelligent and inquisitive being (it has the largest brain-to-body ratio for
any mollusk), the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight.
Adaptations its ancestors originally evolved in the three dimensional environment of the sea have been put to good use in the spatially complex maze
of the coniferous Olympic rainforests. The challenges and richness of this environment (and the intimate way in which it interacts with it,) may
account for the tree octopus's advanced behavioral development. (Some evolutionary theorists suppose that "arboreal adaptation" is what laid the
groundwork in primates for the evolution of the human mind.)