The discussion questions below are designed to promote critical thinking ability without outside knowledge. Split into groups and discuss the questions with your class.
Despite the fact that they are very different creatures from octopuses, some species of lizards can detach their tails when attacked in a way that is similar to an octopus detaching its tentacle. Both a lizard tail and an octopus tentacle will continue to wriggle around to distract a predator from the escaping animal. Taking into consideration what you know about octopuses, which body part would wriggle around for longer?
Though octopods from Moorea and Hawaii behave differently presumably because of their environments, in what ways might they behave similarly?
How might an animal behavior researcher note differences or similarities in color changing usage when comparing chameleons and octopods?
The species of octopus in this book, Octopus cynea, is shown to be incredibly intelligent. Is it reasonable to assume that other species of octopus are intelligent as well?