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Octopus vulgaris

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

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Comments

  1. #1 Brownian, OM
    October 8, 2008

    Is sex happening here?

  2. #2 Fred Mounts
    October 8, 2008

    That’s the most action I’ve seen in a very long time. Thank goodness for porn on teh Internets!

  3. #3 Katrina
    October 8, 2008

    Brownian,
    I’m glad you don’t see it, either. I figured it was the third (or maybe fourth) Margarita impairing my vision.

  4. #4 mr-zero
    October 8, 2008

    Is the picture caption “Octopus vulgaris” the type of octopus or a comment on the picture content?
    Z

  5. #5 Glen Davidson
    October 8, 2008

    Spines just get in the way.

    At least that’s what I expect they’d think.

    But they don’t have fire, which is what happens when your gelatinous (sorta) form is restricted to water. Makes technological development a bitch.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/2kxyc7

  6. #6 Fred Mounts
    October 8, 2008

    I have to admit that I don’t really see much going on either, but it’s been a veeeeeeeeeery long drought, so I trick myself into thinking that something naughty is happening. :o)

    Or should that be :o(

  7. #7 WRMartin
    October 8, 2008

    The audio didn’t come through but I think it went something like this:
    “Hey honey what’s your name? What’s your whole name? And can I have your phone number so I can call you up sometime?”

  8. #8 Saint Pudalia
    October 8, 2008

    Oh, man! You got me all keyed up thinking today was Friday!

  9. #9 The Petey
    October 8, 2008

    “yeah baby, take my hectocotylus. You take it so well.”

  10. #10 Nollidge
    October 8, 2008

    OMG NSFW!

  11. #11 Brownian, OM
    October 8, 2008

    Pharyngula: Your Online Source for the Hottest Squid Sex and Octoporn!

    Join now to meet cephalopods in your area for discreet and intimate encounters!

  12. #12 Katrina
    October 8, 2008

    I give up. Right now, it’s like one of those 3-D puzzles. I’ll check back again in the morning.

    G’nite, all

  13. #13 Sven DIMilo
    October 8, 2008

    The hot, hot details have been covered before. NSFW if you work with a bunch of really knowledgable but hyperprudish bionerds.

  14. #14 Miss Kitt
    October 8, 2008

    “Ah, she is coy!”

    This is a beautiful and artistic image of cephalopod relations at their best. Congrats on finding a sensitive treatment of this often-exploited subject.

    Octopus pron tends to be that way, though, not as “hard-core” as cuttlefish and squid…

    (rimshot!)

  15. #15 Miss Kitt
    October 8, 2008

    “Ah, she is coy!”

    What a lovely, sensitive depiction of cephalopod reproduction! Truly artistic, not like those voyeuristic shots from New Zealand…

    Of course, octopus joining is usually depicted this way, since they lack the hard core of squid and cuttlefish.

  16. #16 Nerdette
    October 8, 2008
  17. #17 Noadi
    October 8, 2008

    It’s 8/8/08! Happy International Cephalopod Awareness Day everyone!

  18. #18 Noadi
    October 8, 2008

    Oops, sorry October is the 10th month, oct of course means 8 so I screwed up.

  19. #19 Noadi
    October 8, 2008

    Oops, sorry October is the 10th month, oct of course means 8 so I screwed up.

    This posting error stuff is driving me crazy.

  20. #20 SEF
    October 8, 2008

    It’s only the tenth month if you buy into the idea that January is the first month. If you go back to having March at the start of the year, October is the eighth month – as per its name.

    And yes Party A (the large octopus on top of the rock) is definitely being vulgar by inserting its tab A into slot B of Party B (the smaller octopus at the base of the rock). You can just see her “half-lidded” eye next to the intruding tentacle.

  21. #21 Bride of Shrek OM
    October 8, 2008

    Thats a HUGE tentacle that occi has there. Bet he’s not at all ashamed to get undressed in the locker room. He’s the Johnny Holmes of the cephalopod world.

  22. #22 Marion Delgado
    October 8, 2008

    A quick drive-by posting, unrelated to cephalopods

    PZ:

    I want a movement to christen that process whereby the creationists “find” dinosaur and human footprints in the same strata, and similar processes, PALINTOLOGY.

    MD

    (a rural Alaskan)

  23. #23 Bride of Shrek OM
    October 8, 2008

    Thats a HUGE tentacle that occi has there. Bet he’s not at all ashamed to get undressed in the locker room. He’s the Johnny Holmes of the cephalopod world.

  24. #24 John
    October 8, 2008

    How to do u get so much in posting so many in a day. As a professor and researcher, how can u do this?

  25. #25 Marion Delgado
    October 8, 2008

    A quick drive-by posting, unrelated to cephalopods

    PZ:

    I want a movement to christen that process whereby the creationists “find” dinosaur and human footprints in the same strata, and similar processes, PALINTOLOGY.

    MD

    (a rural Alaskan)

  26. #26 John
    October 8, 2008

    How to do u get so much in posting so many in a day. As a professor and researcher, how can u do this?

  27. #27 WRMartin
    October 8, 2008

    OT

    Now I understand. Religion is a code word for batshit chickenshit crazy.:
    http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?collectionId=2341&galleryName=News#a=1

  28. #28 WRMartin
    October 8, 2008

    OT

    Now I understand. Religion is a code word for batshit chickenshit crazy.:
    http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?collectionId=2341&galleryName=News#a=1

  29. #29 Steve_C
    October 8, 2008

    Hey John,

    It’s called timed updated. PZ can write them at night or whenever he has free time. and then have them posted whenever he wants.

    Plus, when you’re godless, Sundays are completely free time.

  30. #30 The Retrospective Prophet
    October 8, 2008

    And Lo! It shall come to pass, as it is written in the Book of Retrospective Prophecies, that the cephalopod appeareth on a Wednesday, and not on a Friday, as is rightful. And ye shall take it for a sign, that great wonders will shortly come to pass. And what these are, I will prophesy unto you, O, to you of little no faith, even when they have come to pass.

  31. #31 Sili
    October 8, 2008

    Mmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhh

    Imma gonna have veeeeeery sweet dreams now.

  32. #32 Overstroming
    October 8, 2008

    Aww, sweet moment! Too bad the photographer’s flash probably ruined this octopus’s gambit. Still, a great photo.

  33. #33 Cruithne
    October 8, 2008

    By weird coincidence I just heard JoCo’s First Of May song for the very first tme today.
    Anyway, who better to give a hand job than an octopus?

  34. #34 Jeanette
    October 8, 2008

    Sounds like this is the closest many of us have been to getting laid in quite some time. Naughty, PZ, corrupting our innocent geek minds with such graphic images, LOL.

  35. #35 Cruithne
    October 8, 2008

    By weird coincidence I just heard JoCo’s First Of May song for the very first time today.
    Anyway, who better to give a hand job than an octopus?

  36. #36 The Petey
    October 8, 2008

    I’d like to be under the sea
    In an octopus’ garden in the shade
    He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
    In his octopus’ garden in the shade

    I’d ask my friends to come and see
    An octopus’ garden with me
    I’d like to be under the sea
    In an octopus’ garden in the shade.

    We would be warm below the storm
    In our little hideaway beneath the waves
    Resting our head on the sea bed
    In an octopus’ garden near a cave

    We would sing and dance around
    because we know we can’t be found
    I’d like to be under the sea
    In an octopus’ garden in the shade

    We would shout and swim about
    The coral that lies beneath the waves
    (Lies beneath the ocean waves)
    Oh what joy for every girl and boy
    Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
    (Happy and they’re safe)

    We would be so happy you and me
    No one there to tell us what to do
    I’d like to be under the sea
    In an octopus’ garden with you.

  37. #37 Kel
    October 8, 2008

    Ahh, a facehugger!

  38. #38 Ann
    October 8, 2008

    Petey, whatthehell’s your problem with “octopus’s”? It’s gotta scan, man!

    And grammatically, you’d only omit the s after the apostrophe for a plural possessive, like “the Smiths’ dog.”

  39. #39 josh Eckerle
    October 8, 2008

    very nice, but i feel that the cuttlefish and nautilus are not being fairly represented in these pictures.

  40. #40 Sven DiMilo
    October 8, 2008

    who better to give a hand job than an octopus?
    Pretty much anybody with a, y’know, hand?

  41. #41 Sven DiMilo
    October 8, 2008

    blockquote fail. seems there’s only one k in blockquote.

  42. #42 Diane
    October 8, 2008

    Posted by: John | October 8, 2008 4:03 PM

    How to do u get so much in posting so many in a day. As a professor and researcher, how can u do this?

    I have wondered the same thing SO many times! I can’t even keep up with reading it, and I’m out of work.

    One hint, tho–I don’t think he reads every post in every 100+ comment section…

  43. #43 PZ Myers
    October 8, 2008

    One hint, tho–I don’t think he reads every post in every 100+ comment section…

    Of course I do.

  44. #44 Blake Stacey
    October 8, 2008

    On behalf of everyone, then, I am most sincerely sorry. . . .

  45. #45 Katkinkate
    October 9, 2008

    He probably has delegated most of his classes and basic labwork … what do you think research assistants and PHD students are for.

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