December 1, 2005
• Although the plurals 'octopusses' and 'octopi' are acceptable, the word is of Greek etymology and its correct plural is octopata.
• The octopus is the most highly evolved of the mollusks; one specimen at Sea World San Antonio was reportedly able to recognize and add numbers as large as fifteen.
• The cuttlefish is neither cuttle nor fish, but a free-swimmming mollusk. Its vestigial shell, the so-called 'cuttle-bone,' is the primary source of the world's ink supply.
• The once-mythical Kraken, now recognized as the elusive giant squid, comes on land once a year to mate and lay its eggs.
• By weight, two percent of the average human adult consists of symbiotic bacteria.