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There’s an Octopus in Your Coconut

There’s an Octopus in Your Coconut

We’re meeting a neat little octopus today during Cephalopod Week! These little invertebrates are called the Coconut Octopus- can you guess why?





  • These octopus are not very big- usually around 6 inches long.
  • They are known to find coconuts and shells and use them to hide in.
  • They are also 1 of 2 species of octopus known to walk (yes- walk on the ocean floor) with 2 arms (bipedal). This happens when the octopus uses their other arms to carry their preferred hiding mechanism.
  • Scientists also consider their use of shells and coconuts tool use. They are using them to protect themselves.
  •  These carnivores eat clams, shrimp and crabs.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.



We love these amazing animals. Octopus are known for their intelligence and to learn that some of them are tool users is even cooler.

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Eight is Great!

Eight is Great!

We were so excited to spot today’s animal at camp while on a snorkeling trip! It’s always amazing to see new species (new to us) and today we are meeting the commons octopus.


Common Octopus Fun Facts: 

  • Common octopus can grow up to 4 feet long and weigh around 22 lbs.
  • These carnivores eat mollusks, crabs and other shellfish.
  • They have venomous saliva to help subdue any prey.
  • They have some of the most amazing camouflage techniques in the animal world. They can change their color and texture instantly to blend in with their surroundings. They have special cells in their skin and muscles that help them do so.
  • The common octopus can also release ink to avoid predators.
  • They are most active at dusk and dawn.
  • Common octopus are highly intelligent and are known to raid lobster traps and open jars in aquariums.
  • Octopus are able to absorb water through their gills and their skin!

We looooove all cephalopods and it is always fun to share more about them with our campers! Do you love them as much as us?

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Printable Valentines!

Printable Valentines!

Our annual printable Valentines are here! Download, cut out, glue to a blank card and give! Don’t forget the glitter! Hehehe!






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We’re diving down to the depths of the ocean to meet today’s fabulous mom! The ocean is full of moms large and small, some that give live birth and some that lay eggs and go about their way! This cephalopod lays her eggs and then protects them until they hatch! But it’s not that simple, so let’s grab our diving gear and meet these special animals!


   Range/Habitat: Mediterranean- North Atlantic/ rocky bottoms

   Diet: Carnivore: crabs, crustaceans, mollusks

   Length: Head 9” arms up 3 ft

   Conservation Status: Common



Fun Facts:

  • Common octopi are cephalopods.
  • They have no skeleton and four pairs of arms.
  • Common octopi are considered very intelligent.
  • Common octopus moms lay up to 50,000 eggs in a dark cave.
  • They stay with the eggs while they develop, generally around 2-6 months.
  • Common octopus moms take care of the eggs, by cleaning, holding and blowing oxygen over them.
  • They will not hunt or eat while they are taking care of the eggs.
  • Common octopus moms pass away soon after the babies hatch.

Wow, octopus moms give their life to make sure that their babies hatch safely! That is one amazing mom! We thought octopi before and now we love them even more!!




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