Category Archive: Cephalopods

May 19 2014

Unexpected Good News On The Cuttlefish Front

I have written before with bad news from Point Lowly, Spencer Gulf, in South Australia. That was from 2011; in 2012 the news was even worse, and last year things looked grim indeed. Unexpectedly, this year, the numbers are up again! Hundreds of giant Australian cuttlefish have swum into breeding grounds at the top of …

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Mar 19 2014

“The Squid’s Embrace…”

Down in the depths Of the salty Atlantic A seaglider measured the signs of the sea– Monotonous work, And it isn’t romantic, At least, I’d be bored if the glider were me Up to the surface And down to the bottom Again and again, that was all that it did No chance for a hickey, …

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Mar 16 2014

That’s not a Tree of Life–THIS is a tree of life.


Neil deGrasse Tyson, on Cosmos, brings up the “Tree of Life” metaphor. I like mine better. Artist: Mike McRae

Oct 31 2013

True Facts About The Cuttlefish

Just watch. Cuttlecap tip to @OnyxOny, via twitter. “Like a lactose-intolerant cheesemaker, the cuttlefish is unaware of its own gifts.” Wonderful.

Feb 18 2013

Privacy Is A Thing Of The Past (Octopus Love)

I can’t help but feel like a bit of a peeping Tom. But on the other hand, it really is gorgeous. Especially starting around the 3 minute mark, if you are in a hurry. This one is a bit less subtle in its choice of music, and a slightly different angle, but the same scene–

Dec 24 2012



I thought I was all set, not wanting anything for cephalopodmas… then a reader sent in this pic, of a cuddly little thing in a display of vintage teddy bears… It’s just so cuddly!

Dec 11 2012

Clearly, They Were Rehearsing For Cephalopodmas

Chris Clarke, over at Pharyngula, gives us the “real story” (that is, the lamestream media cover-up) of a massive Humboldt squid stranding near Santa Cruz. He shows his hand, though, in his choice of headline. As someone privy to the inner circle of cephalopodian machinations, I am offering you the *real* story. (I am stunned …

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Nov 16 2012

Sepia Friday

That is, not quite Black Friday (or CyberMonday) yet. But I’ve been tweaking the store just a little bit, so consider this a soft opening. Let me know if there are any problems. There are the regular Cuttlefish With Quill t-shirts and such, the best mug in the world (and matching glassware, if you like), …

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Oct 13 2012

Robot Octopus!

Robot Octopus. Two words that are awesome together. I want a robot octopus To play with in the pool To go for walks on rainy days And follow me to school To count upon its tentacles And help me out with math To find my rubber ducky When I lose it in the bath I …

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Oct 09 2012

Cephalopod Awareness Days!

I got busy and missed the beginning (yesterday), but it’s not too late! I have not seen a lot of hullaballoo this year, but the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Blogs reminds us that October 8-12 (strange, it’s usually 8-10) are Cephalopod Awareness Days. Among other things, this means the Cephalopod Awareness Days at Noadi’s …

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