World Octopus Day

The octopus is a strange and mysterious creature that people don’t know a whole lot about. These eight-legged creatures have fascinated human beings for thousands of years, but they have actually been on this planet for almost 300 million years. So, we think that they deserve just a little bit more respect than they have received in the past.

Fortunately, someone else thought that these aquatic animals deserved a little more respect as well because they have created a holiday called World Octopus Day. This is a holiday that is observed annually on October 8th and encourages everyone to learn more about these creatures.

The History of World Octopus Day

Although we are unsure of the exact date when World Octopus Day was invented, we do know that it was created by The Octopus News Magazine Online. This day coincided with Cephalopod Awareness Days. The 8th day of October was chosen to show appreciation for these eight-legged animals.

Incredible Facts About the Octopus

Want to learn more about the octopus? We have assembled a few facts about these eight-legged creatures and would like to share them with anyone getting ready to celebrate World Octopus Day. Let’s see if we can learn just a little bit more about them.

  • Octopuses have three hearts, no bones, and can squeeze into some very tight spaces.
  • In non-stimulating environments in captivity, octopuses can become stressed and may resort to eating their own appendages.
  • Octopuses will use tools to interact with their environment.
  • The octopus is an extremely intelligent creature.
  • Some species of octopus live for less than six months.

Observing World Octopus Day

Learning more about the octopus is just one way to observe this holiday. People can also watch documentaries about them or visit their local aquarium to see them in person. People should also spread the word about this day using the hashtag #WorldOctopusDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 8 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 8 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 8 Sunday