What has three hearts, about 1,600 suckers and is using eight arms to wave goodbye to Cephalopod Week? If you’ve been following along, you know we’re talking about the giant Pacific octopus! We hope this latest week of at-home engagement has been fun, educational and inspirational.
And we couldn’t close out the week without squeezing in a few details about the annual giant Pacific octopus survey in Puget Sound, which we launched in 2000. While there’s no way to know how many octopuses are living in our local waters, these annual surveys provide a good sense of population trends. See below for a trivia question based on the 2018 survey!
CEPHALOPOD WEEK TRIVIA
How well do you know your GPOs, red octopuses, cuttlefish and squid? Test your knowledge, then challenge your friends!
1. The Greek word “cephalopod” translates to what?
E. Many suckers
2. In the 2018 survey, 29 giant Pacific octopuses were spotted in Puget Sound. How many hearts, arms and suckers is that?
A. 116/280/about 50,000
B. 29/220/about 20,000
C. 87/232/about 46,400
D. 145/174/about 90,000
E. Where is my calculator?
3. The plural of octopus is…
4. The Pacific red octopus, a local species, can reach approximately:
A. 8 ounces
B. 1 pound
C. 5 pounds
D. 40 pounds
E. 200 pounds
5. A group of squid egg capsules is commonly called a:
6. How many known species of octopuses are there in the world?
7. True or false? Octopuses have no bones.
8. Which of the following activities have octopuses been observed doing?
A. Opening a childproof bottle
B. Using a fork
C. Navigating a maze
D. Unscrewing nuts and bolts
E. Communicating via sign language
9. Which of these foods is most commonly consumed by giant Pacific octopuses?
E. Sea urchins
10. How many tentacles do octopuses have?
CEPHALOPOD WEEK ACTIVITIES
Did you miss any of the week’s activities? No worries—you can check them out now, plus we just added a new one!
- Hot off the press: Make your own octopus at home (okay, not a real one—still very cool)!
- Check out our YouTube channel for an amazing assortment of videos.
- Learn about octopuses around the world with our activity sheet.
- Try your hand at our giant Pacific octopus coloring sheets: coloring sheet 1 is great for younger kids; coloring sheet 2 is great for older kids and adults.
- Learn more with our octopus relative cheat sheet, then test your knowledge with this “is it or isn’t it” activity.
- Find the octopus—and other sea creatures—in our hidden picture activity.
- Try our word search and octopus-themed codebreaker!
TUNE IN FOR HUMANS OF THE SEATTLE AQUARIUM WEEK!
Even while the Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public, it takes a village to care for the animals, maintain our facility and bring you online content to enjoy and learn from while we’re all staying safe at home. Next week we’ll be featuring the humans of the Seattle Aquarium, with behind-the-scenes glimpses of our staff, details about some of our roles and chances to provide some much-needed support during our closure. Don’t miss it! We’ll post our weekly schedule on Sunday—and remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for even more great content.
3. A. Don’t believe us? Check out this video!
7. True. An octopus’ beak is the only hard part of its body.
8. A, C, D
10. A. They have eight arms instead, which are important for not only feeding but also mating, moving, gripping surfaces and manipulating objects.