Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses


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$28.95  $26.92
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

David Scheel is a professor of marine biology and director of the Alaska Pacific University Aquarium Lab. He has twenty-five years of research into the behavior and ecology of octopuses in and around Alaska, and he lives in Anchorage.


David Scheel's astonishing observations make him one of the most important octopus ethologists working today. He is also, fortunately for us, a sensitive and lyrical writer, bringing knowledge and stories from native cultures to bear on the science he describes. I was agog at some of his accounts: severed arms wincing with pain; octopuses throwing things at each other; and octopuses seemingly standing sentinel over their octopus neighborhoods. This book is mind-blowing and soul-expanding. You'll be thinking and talking about Many Things Under a Rock for a long time.--Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus
Fascinating. Scheel's unique perspective on these animals, his evocative writing, and his engagement with the traditional cultures of Alaska make this the deepest of octopus books.--Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Fascinating.... A complex portrait of a surprising animal.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Page-turning natural history.... The author's passion for octopuses, combined with his accessible language and vivid descriptions of his encounters, creates a memorable book that is sure to appeal to fans of underwater adventures and anyone who enjoyed the film My Octopus Teacher. Laurel Scheel's simple yet elegant illustrations complement the text. A heartfelt and enlightening look at one of Earth's most curious creatures.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Includes numerous such dramatic and captivating octopus factoids, but it also presents an accessible and nuanced exploration of the lives of these intriguing invertebrates.... An engaging read.--Dan Blustein "Science"