Monday, February 28, 2005

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Here is another great liberal cause. Please help save the endangered tree octopuses before it is too late! This hoax site is a good one for teaching Web evaluation skills to students. One of my colleagues used it today and reported that two of her students thought it was a legit site.

From the site:

The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal. These solitary cephalopods reach an average size (measured from arm-tip to mantle-tip,) of 30-33 cm. Unlike most other cephalopods, tree octopuses are amphibious, spending only their early life and the period of their mating season in their ancestrial aquatic environment. Because of the moistness of the rainforests and specialized skin adaptations, they are able to keep from becoming desiccated for prolonged periods of time, but given the chance they would prefer resting in pooled water.

An intelligent and inquisitive being (it has the largest brain-to-body ratio for any mollusk), the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight. Adaptations its ancestors originally evolved in the three dimensional environment of the sea have been put to good use in the spatially complex maze of the coniferous Olympic rainforests. The challenges and richness of this environment (and the intimate way in which it interacts with it,) may account for the tree octopus's advanced behavioral development. (Some evolutionary theorists suppose that "arboreal adaptation" is what laid the groundwork in primates for the evolution of the human mind.)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you tellin the truth cause i need to know wheter or not this thing is true for this stupid research project

Michael said...

How about you use some of your critical thinking skills? Do you think there is a tree octopus? If after think about and you are not sure, why not try some research? Is this animal listed in any encyclopedia you can find? Are there books on this animal? etc.

Anonymous said...

i saw a site like this with the same information exactly word for word and this is just a big hoax!!

Figglius said...

This is a real creature as I have seen one with my own eyes. I nursed a small one back to health after it fell from a high tree.

Anonymous said...

I saw one too. It leaped out of the sky and shot laser beams out of it's eyes. It was so beautiful. It got third degree burns and almost died. It was so wonderful.

Demnos said...

Yes, but for a hoax it is a pretty good website. They even have little banners and icons you could use to help support their cause. They writing on the site is pretty good too. It almost makes you sad for the endangered Tree Octopus.

Anna said...

I believe that the Tree Octopus is fake. I may only be 14 but i know this fact. It is an intresting hoax, and a nice way to fool your friends though ^^

Ariel Lepor said...

Michael is correct. The entire thing is false. The original site was actually just to test 7th graders internet literacy, so please don't take it seriously.

Peter said...

That site rocked my world!! (altho this one was pretty disappointing) It kept us from doing any work!! Thank you Tree Octopi!!

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Nate said...

It was a hoax on a real deal...it is real, but they set it up as a hoax so people wouldn't go out into the forest looking for it..it is very rare and fragile creature.

Musicluvr123 said...

Plagirsm!!! this is on http://www.zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

M said...

Musicluvr123, are you a troll? Of course this is from http://www.zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/. Did you not note the link to the website at the beginning of the post. Don't be stupid and don't be a troll.