Cephalopod Week

drawing of octopus holding bunch of red balloons
Octopus Envelope by Laura Weis (2008) CC BY-NC-ND-2.0 via Flickr

Ocean-dwelling cephalopods are the amazing tentacled members of class Cephalopoda, which include squid, octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus. In honor of Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week, I spent a ridiculous amount of time watching cute octopus (and other cephalopod!) videos on teh intarwebs. Kittehs, in the spirit of competition, I have to point out that the boneless octopus moves much more easily through the internets’ series of tubes.

Some points of interest that could sucker you in:

Via Inhabitat and Science Friday, the incredibly adorable, yet unnamed, abyss-dwelling Opisthotheusis sp. (This might be my spirit animal.)

MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) YouTube Cephalopod Playlist!

Ze Frank’s True Facts about the Cuttlefish (Some of them might even be true!)

Just finished reading Sy Montgomery’s book
The Soul of An Octopus
about her adventures with Giant Pacific Octopuses on display on the New England Aquarium. To read the original essay she wrote for Orion Magazine, click here.

And one of my favorites, from a 2007 Lio comic strip, Have you hugged your cephalopod today?


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