What Does an Octopus Eat? - Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Exploring the Ocean
  • 0:39 Octopus Eating Facts
  • 2:29 Dumbo Octopus
  • 2:51 Common Octopus
  • 3:04 Giant Pacific Octopus
  • 3:23 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

They are swift moving, agile hunters of the deep and shallow ocean. In this lesson, discover the stealthy octopus and what creatures you might find on its dinner plate!

Exploring the Ocean

You are scuba diving around a beautiful coral reef when suddenly a dark shadow glides over you. You look up, but you don't see anything. Perplexed, you continue to investigate the coral when, directly in front, you see it: a spectacularly large sea creature with many legs. Wait, make that eight legs. That is when you realize you have come face to face with a giant octopus! What do you do? Are you in danger? Will it eat you? Well, let's delve into the world of the octopus and find out.

Octopus Eating Facts

According to scientists, there are around 300 distinct species of octopus, which means they eat lots of different things. However, there are a few things that all octopuses have in common when it comes to eating. First, let's look at some of those things, and then we will look at the eating habits of three specific octopuses.

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