Dr Helen Scales, who will outline her ideas in a talk on the Earth Stage at 11.45, has written books about octopuses and seahorses, and has appeared on Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. She told Express.co.uk: “Biologists are constantly finding new species in the deep sea. Whenever an expedition sends down robots, and occasionally humans into the deep, they come back with creatures that haven’t been seen before - new fish, shrimp, worms, snails, corals, clams, you name it.
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Are octopuses ALIENS? Theres something going on behind their eyes Whether any really big ones are still out there? I’d like to think so, but there’s really no knowing until someone is in the right place at just the right time to spy oneDr Helen Scales“I’m quite sure there are undiscovered cephalopods out there (the group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish).
“Whether any really big ones are still out there? I’d like to think so, but there’s really no knowing until someone is in the right place at just the right time to spy one.”Dr Scales is hoping to hook her audience by painting a fascinating picture of the underwater world.She explained: “I’m going to take my audience on a dive beneath the waves to reveal the surprising things that go in the lives of some of our favourite sea creatures.
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Dr Scales has recently written a book about seahorses (Image: GETTY)“We will find out the mathematical secrets behind beautiful, spiralling sea shells and discover that all you need are four simple rules to make any shell you want.
“Fish will also feature strongly in my talk (although I won’t be bringing any live animals with me!) as I explore some of their underrated abilities - there are fish that can sing, count, live for 500 years, swim across entire oceans and back, and plenty more besides. And I might squeeze in the odd octopus or two.
She will also be looking to explode a few myths when it comes to fish, not least the famous adage about goldfishes.She said: “Goldfish definitely have more than a three-second memory. In fact, lots of fish are actually remarkably smart.
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