Octopus aspilosomatis

Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.


  1. #1 gracchus
    March 21, 2008

    Only 3 hours of sleep, PZ?

  2. #2 philos
    March 21, 2008

    He’s probably getting breakfast ready for Dawkins.

  3. #3 Milo Johnson
    March 21, 2008

    Yeah, yeah, cute and freckled. But did it get into the movie?

  4. #4 Tracy
    March 21, 2008

    Awww, it looks like ME! :) (very cute, btw)

  5. #5 AdamT
    March 21, 2008

    Adorable. ^_^

  6. #6 Zarquon
    March 21, 2008

    Only 3 hours of sleep, PZ?

    Blogs run on computers.

    Computers do things automatically.

    This was posted at 06:00

    I infer this was set up before PZ went to Minneapolis.

  7. #7 ramases
    March 21, 2008

    Not only does the chappie or gal have freckles, but it appears to be a redhead.

    Like myself when I was at school.

  8. #8 Vegan Atheist
    March 21, 2008

    Awwwwwwww! (But not as cute as the dicyemid mesozoan.)

  9. #9 Kell
    March 21, 2008

    I feel I should lower my voice so I don’t wake it. It looks like it’s sleeping. Do cephalopods sleep? I find it hard to imagine.

  10. #10 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    March 21, 2008

    Well, this critter’s no sea cucumber or mollusk, but it’s okay I guess–for a Cephalopod…

  11. #11 Sven DiMilo
    March 21, 2008

    I shall call it Opie.
    Can I keep it? huh? Can I?

  12. #12 SeanH
    March 21, 2008

    Aww, looks like a sleepy little fella.

  13. #13 Kevin
    March 21, 2008

    awwww… he/she is so cutttte(l)

    Have you been cheating on your wife you godless octopi fanatic?

  14. #14 Rosie Redfield
    March 21, 2008

    Is this the same sweetie who’s on the cover of my new freshman biology textbook (Scott Freeman’s Biological Science)?

  15. #15 Michelle
    March 21, 2008

    So, that’s the equivalent of an aquatic ginger kid?


  16. #16 wÒÓ†
    March 21, 2008
  17. #17 Stuart Weinstein
    March 21, 2008

    Just goes to show you…

    There’s a sucker born every minute.

  18. #18 Forrest Prince
    March 21, 2008

    Makes me want to go out and get one for a pet, but of course I wouldn’t really do any such thing.

    The stunning beauty of the natural world is ours to behold, and I thank PZ for bringing this little snapshot of it into our lives. Freckles and all.

  19. #19 Alan
    March 21, 2008

    If God doesn’t exist, who stole my jelly babies?

  20. #20 Candy
    March 21, 2008

    That really is the cutest little thing! My goodness! I’m often awed by the diverse beauty of marine life, but I think this is the first ‘pod I’ve ever just wanted to hug while simultaneously saying, “Isn’t you the cootest widdle sea cweeture in the whole wide world, yes you is!”

  21. #21 K T Cat
    March 21, 2008

    That’s a pretty cool photo. Thanks for sharing it.

  22. #22 mjfgates
    March 21, 2008


    I think that a lot of it is that the photo is so close-up, but that guy looks like he’s got WAY too many arms for one octopus.

  23. #23 Rey Fox
    March 22, 2008

    You got a problem with boobies?

  24. #24 DebbieS
    March 22, 2008

    I shall call him “Squishy”, and he will be my squishie…

    (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

  25. #25 Jim
    March 22, 2008

    Whyz that guy with the big chin eating a cannelloni?

  26. #26 bama_girl
    March 22, 2008

    DebbieS you beat me to it, lol…

  27. #27 Nicki
    March 22, 2008

    Just more proof that cephalopods are the chosen ones of out lord and master Cthulhu. They look too damn good to be mortal.

  28. #28 weemaryanne
    March 22, 2008

    I would have said “handsome” rather than “cute,” but then I have rather odd tastes. Thanks for this, PZ, especially with everything else going on right now.

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