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22 Reasons Why The Octopus Is The Biggest Badass In The Ocean

It isn't all fun and games in the animal world. What looks like a fun and squishy friend is a boneless fiend.

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5. Wanna know why an octopus's head is so big? It's FULL OF SECRETS (and about 500 million large neurons).

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The human brain, in comparison, has about 100 billion smaller neurons. An octopus can problem solve, find solutions to puzzles, and is capable of "conceptual thinking."

In other words: Don't try to beat these dudes at chess; you will LOSE.

11. Oh, they have a "burn book," all right. It's called, "IF I DON'T LIKE YOU I WILL EAT YOU."

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That's right, fellow octopuses, you better watch your damn back! Because an adult octopus isn't afraid to try and eat you if it's hungry. There was even a 2008 study that recorded a female octopus devouring her mate over a two-day period, after he'd just spent three and a half hours mating with her.

14. But while they seem like really awesome superheroes, they can also be incredibly horrifying. An octopus will give birth once in their lifetime. Between 20,000 and 100,000 eggs (depending on the species).

19. While an octopuses might seem like terrifying badasses, deep down they secretly have a playful side.


When they play with toys — and yes, they do play — they have their own responses, temperaments, and personalities.