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Category archives for Cephalopods

Especially if you’re a cuttlefish.

You can stop emailing me now. Everyone on the planet has seen Opisthoteuthis adorabilis, fallen in love, and demanded that I feature it in a Friday Cephalopod. OK!

Friday Cephalopod: Senescence

The giant cuttlefish fades and dies after mating. Somehow they maintain a little dignity in dying.

Friday Cephalopod: Stand determined

Friday Cephalopod: Legal precedent

By carrying that coconut, octopuses of this sort made a change in their legal status necessary. The extent of octopus intelligence is debated, at least among vertebrates, but there is evidence of pretty complex behavior, including possible tool use. See, e.g., J.K. Finn, T. Tregenza, and M.D. Norman, “Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus,”…

Friday Cephalopod: She’s showing

Friday Cephalopod: Emergence!

Vast, dense swarms of migrating squid, all swirling about a boat. How can the sailors resist leaping into the water with them? I’m picturing millions of tiny beaks, each taking a tiny nip, and millions of tentacles, each stroking and rasping away a thin layer of skin, all in endless succession. And then as the…

Friday Cephalopod: Sexually voracious!

I am sure that’s exactly what you think when you see a picture of vampire squid. But it’s true! Where most cephalopods do the deed once, spawn, and die, Vampyroteuthis has multiple cycles of reproduction. Unfortunately, they’re also cold, gelatinous, and lethargic…which, if you think about it, is also what the undead vampire of myth…