If Your Hands Could Smell, You’d Be an Octopus

An octopus' tentacles are more like sticky, multipurpose tools than the simple leg-like appendages we view them as. Discover their amazing abilities, times eight, in an entertaining video. The narrator explains the senses located in each tentacle, as well as how tentacle suckers work.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the video into a lesson on marine ecosystems or ocean predators
  • Use the resource to help prepare the class for an octopus dissection lab
Classroom Considerations
  • Your class should be familiar with invertebrate anatomy prior to viewing the resource
  • The video shows an octopus interacting with its handler, illustrating how powerful each sucker is ... especially when stuck to someone's arm
  • Profiles and demonstrates each sense found in the tentacles 
  • None
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