February 1, 2011
Filmed in Blairgowrie, Victoria. Not sure what species this is.
(Via Sacred Squid)
January 31, 2011
If you are reading this blog, you already know that cephalopods are awesome…and why they are awesome. (And that is why YOU are awesome!) However, it is always nice when someone, such as BoingBoing contributor Maggie Koerth-Baker, expertly summarizes the amazing features of our squishy friends. This pithy video is the short version of “Those Fabulous Octopus Brains,” a 30 min presentation she gave last August for a University of New Mexico IGERT symposium.
If you want to see the original full-length presentation, you can find it here.
I know I’ve let this blog languish a bit recently, and I thank you for sticking with me. Over the past few months I have collected literally hundreds of links to cool examples of cephalopod art, photography, and miscellaneous awesomeness. Over the next week or so, I plan to flood your RSS reader with a veritable swarm of new posts (although I guess “shoal” might be a more biologically apt term). I also haven’t forgotten about the Architeuthis Across America project…I just need to get my house in order first.
September 3, 2010
Another gem from rhamphotheca (which is a fabulous Tumblr blog that features fascinating animals of all kinds), this video is of the deep-sea cirrate octopus Grimpoteuthis bathynectes. It is known as the “Dumbo Octopus” because of its superficially ear-like fins, but, in my opinion, that name doesn’t come close to doing justice to this beautiful and ghostly animal.
September 3, 2010
This amazing animation showing how Physeter macrocephalus uses echolocation to hunt, is from the Whales Tahora exhibit now at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The Sperm Whale starts out hunting boring old fish, but don’t worry, he meets an delicious Architeuthis by the end of the clip!
August 31, 2010
Victory Through Air Power is a WWII propaganda film made by Disney in 1943. This clip of the film’s final sequence shows American forces, represented by an eagle, fighting (and defeating) Imperial Japan, which is depicted as a giant evil octopus.
(via Vulgar Army)
August 25, 2010
Well This Is Something You Don’t See Every Day of the Day: Who lives in an abandoned rice cooker guarded by a large crab 1256m below the sea surface?
Kraki the Octopus.
Maybe the crab and octopus are going to raise the babies together? More likely that crab is going to end up being Kraki’s lunch…you know, with a little rice!