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Giant Pacific Octopus

  • SEA LIFE, Octopus Hideout

Meet Cleo the Octopus

Cleo is a Giant Pacific Octopus whose home is in Octopus Hideout at the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham.

Believe it or not, Cleo is actually more closely related to a garden snail than to a human! Octopuses are molluscs which means they are from the same phylum (or family) as Slugs and Snails as well as Cuttlefish and Squid. Octopus is one of the most intelligent invertebrate species (that means animals with no backbone) and are solitary creatures that hunt at dusk. They eat all manner of things from crabs to crayfish and even other molluscs.

Bev the Octopus at SEA LIFE Birmingham

3 Hearts, 8 Arms & A Doughnut Shaped Brain!

  • Two of her hearts pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third pumps blood through the body
  • Having no bones means Cleo can squeeze into the smallest of places - with a head the size of an adult's hand she’s even able to fit through a hole the size of a £1 coin!
  • Octopuses can also change the colour of their skin to camouflage perfectly with their surroundings, helping them to sneak up on prey as well as hide from predators
  • Cleo is one of our most playful creatures and loves nothing more than playing tricks on her keepers! As a result of her intelligence and playful nature, Cleo’s keepers schedule in regular ‘Octopus Playtime’ with her throughout the week to keep her engaged, including testing her abilities – she can even open a jar to get the food inside!