Weird animal facts
Maja Säfström is a Stockholm-based architect, illustrator and author of "The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts" (Ten Speed Press, 2016). For more of her works, visit www.majasbok.se or follow her on Instagram @majasbok. Säfström contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
In 2014, a friend told me some crazy facts about octopuses that I had never heard before. Inspired, I began researching more fun things about them, and then I made a drawing of an octopus with these crazy facts written all around it. At that time, I was working as an architect, but I had started an Instagram account one year earlier, sharing my daily drawings and doodles (often animals). The account had gained quite a few followers, and the love and comments that I received from all across the world encouraged me to spend more time drawing.
When I posted the octopus illustration on my Instagram account with the title "Amazing Octopus Facts," the creative director at Ten Speed Press discovered it, and this book was the result.
I chose 55 facts, selected because they are unexpected, stunning and, well, awesome — not just typical facts that you might usually find in a fact-based book. These facts are merely glimpses of the crazy, fantastic and interesting things that make these animals special, and that remind us of the fascinating beauty of the animal world.
Images reprinted from The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts Copyright 2016 by Maja Säfström. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Sea horses live in pairs and travel holding each other's tails!
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