Cephalopods

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What it’s like to be an octopus? This review of Peter Godfrey Smith’s book, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, captures perfectly why I’ve been fascinated by them — they’re the closest thing to aliens we’ve got. Unlike cetaceans – whose sentience it is possible to imagine, partly because…

Friday Cephalopod: Spotty

Is anyone else seeing this picture and immediately wondering what molecules regulate the orderly dispersal of those well-distributed pigment cells?

Friday Cephalopod: She persisted

Friday Cephalopod: Dancing pinkly

If you need more cephalopods, from the same source:

Apparently, flamboyant cuttlefish are born looking snazzy.

Friday Cephalopod: pink & puffy

No. This is not what I look like naked.

Friday Cephalopod: I need a better excuse

It’s Friday of the second week of classes. I’m already frazzled and worn out — I get home at night, slump into a stupor, and fall asleep by 10. This is not good, especially since I don’t have this excuse: sex makes squid exhausted. All I’m doing is teaching, teaching, teaching. Clearly the squid are…

Friday Cephalopod: Day of mourning

Sometimes, you just don’t want to know about the lifestyles of the tentacled. The vampire squid lurks in the eternal midnight of the deep sea and a cloak-like web stretches between its eight arms. When threatened, it turns inside out, exposing rows of finger-like projections, called cirri. Vampire squid eat mostly “marine snow”—a mixture of…