Category archives for Cephalopods

Friday Cephalopod: the lonely fisherman

It’s a quiet, lonely life for a squid in the deep, just drifting along, dangling a pair of lines, hoping to snag dinner. There are two videos of this squid, one from 2014 and another from 2013.

I mean, really. This team of ‘scientists’ hijacked a valuable research submersible, strapped their gadget to it, and sent it cruising to a depth of 900 meters in the Pacific Ocean just to catch this goofy-looking purple thing. Listen to these people…buncha giggly teenagers. I’m a bit annoyed that they went to all this trouble…

Friday Cephalopod: You have been seen

He had several, because all the cool scientists like cephalopods, and they’re still bottled up and preserved in museums. No word on the status of Darwin’s pet cat.

Friday Cephalopod: Babies are so cute

This is kind of awesome: cephalopods only have one kind of photoreceptor, so it was thought that they would be only able to see the world in shades of gray. Those amazingly clever camouflage tricks they pull? That was just matching intensities and textures, fooling our eyes. But now someone has figured out a way…

The theme of this year’s con is “…and how do we GET there”, which means we really should have a session on octopus locomotion.

Friday Cephalopod: Dangerously fecund