The Lady and the Octopus
Danna Staaf, author, marine biologist and octopus enthusiast, will talk about her new book, "The Lady and the Octopus."
Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist or an inventor. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to Sicily, where she took up natural history and solved the two-thousand-year-old mystery of how of the argonaut octopus gets its shell. In an era when most research focused on dead specimens, Jeanne was determined to experiment on living animals. To keep sea creatures alive for her studies, she had to invent a contraption to hold them—the first modern aquarium.
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