There will be octopuses in the Florida Keys near the Aquarius reef base, although octopuses (yes, it's "octopuses," although "octopi" is apparently fine too, despite it sounding ridiculous) tend to fairly recluse.
While reading up on octopuses I also learned for the first time about Paul the Octopus, who accurately predicted the results of the 2010 World Cup. Why didn't I hear of him before?!
And despite my love of adventure, I really hope not to run into a giant Pacific octopus, which can grow to 30 feet. (Photo at right.)
It's a fake! Speaking of giant sea creatures, this image of a giant squid washed up in California is fake, in case you didn't get the memo. Don't always trust what your friends post on Twitter. The largest known squid is only 30 ft (HA, only 30 ft . . .); the squid in this pic is a preposterous 160 ft.
This hilarious video will actually teach you something. Everything the commentator says is true. (Credit to PetFlow for first discovering this.)
Grace Young (B.S., MIT, Ph.D, Oxford) is an ocean engineer, aquanaut, and explorer currently working at X. She lived underwater as a scientist and engineer on Fabian Cousteau’s Mission 31, and is a National Geographic Explorer.