National Zoo’s New Octopus Makes Invertebrates Cool

Giant Pacific Octopus
Photo courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo

I’m always fascinated to learn more about the other inhabitants of the planet that could totally kick my ass, so I’m pleased that the Zoo has a new Giant Pacific Octopus. It’s actually not so giant at the moment, weighing only 3 pounds, but it’s about to hit its growth spurt and will grow to be 13 times its current size over the next year. Which, to be frank, is not nearly as badass as it would be in the wild, potentially growing to hundreds of pounds.

But it does give me the opportunity to share my favorite collection of Octopus Facts: “This is Why an Octopus is More Awesome than Your Mom,” from The Oatmeal. Enjoy.

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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