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Green Readers picks next book selection

By SCCF - | Dec 2, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness” by Sy Montgomery

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Green Readers Book Club has picked “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness,” by Sy Montgomery, as its next book selection. A topic close to the heart of SCCF’s Marine Lab, the book takes an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean — the octopus.

Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus — a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature — and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Her 2011 ORION magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive sweet-natured octopus named Athena and grief at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to Mexico and French Polynesia, pursuing the solitary shape-shifters. With a central brain the size of that of an African grey parrot and neural matter in each of its eight arms, octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways.

People can participate in one of several ways: read the book, join the Facebook group for ongoing online discussion or join the virtual Zoom meeting to discuss the book at the end of the reading period.

To join the Facebook group, go to SCCF’s Facebook page and click on “Groups.”