Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses (Hardback)
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Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 06/07/2023
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Covering just about everything you didn't realise you needed to know about octopuses, Scheel's endlessly fascinating volume combines cutting edge science and anecdotes of intrepid adventure to unputdownable effect.

What is it like to be an octopus?

The octopus is a highly intelligent and deeply mysterious creature. It can change colour as quickly as it can move, 'think' with its tentacles and communicate in sophisticated ways.

Marine biologist David Scheel's lifelong preoccupation with these animals has led to a career of groundbreaking research, from finding previously unknown species to the discovery of signaling communication. In Many Things Under a Rock, Scheel shares his deep scientific understanding of octopuses and recounts his intrepid adventures with these mysterious, charismatic creatures.

He investigates four major mysteries about octopuses: what can we know about such elusive and camouflaged creatures? Why are they so extraordinarily resilient? How do their bodies work? And what kind of relationships do they have? In unravelling these mysteries, Dr Scheel shows octopuses to be complex emotional beings and reveals what they can teach us about ourselves.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529392609
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Scheel brings the world of the octopus vividly alive. The best nature books do not just describe animals: they give us a sense of what it might be like to shape-shift ourselves and live in their skins." - Financial Times

Fascinating. Scheel's unique perspective on these animals makes this the deepest of octopus books. - Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Other Minds

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 neighbourhoods. 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

Enchanting... This is just one of the fascinating factoids that marine biologist David Scheel shares with us in this clever book, based on his 25 years as one of the leading octopus researchers in the world... It is enough to melt the stoniest of hearts. - Mail on Sunday

Octopuses are deeply, gloriously weird... The book abounds with wonders. - Kathleen Jamie, New Statesman

Scheel offers fascinating glimpses of octopus life [...] that may thrill and surprise even those of us who have read The Soul of an Octopus or watched My Octopus Teacher... excellent. - Times Literary Supplement

Scheel has been studying cephalopods for 25 years. His fascination is infectious in Many Things Under a Rock, which sets out to address an interesting question: what is it like to be an octopus? ... How wonderfully weird and weirdly human. - Sunday Times

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Vivienne O'Regan

“A fascinating account of the natural history of octopuses”

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses’ by David Scheel.

For some years I have been interested in octopuses and enjoyed a few novels and... More

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“A great exploration of octopuses”

David Scheel has spent decades researching octopuses, and he has distilled his knowledge and experience into this carefully- and lovingly-written book.

Much of his focus is on octopuses in Alaska, and their roles in... More

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