Nov 25 2011

Friday Cephalopod: Watch out! It’s above you!

(Also on Sb)


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    Stunning shot. And it makes very clear the selection pressures for transparency in some cephalopod species! Quite a scary shadow, unless you are something big with sharp teeth.


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    Glen Davidson

    Dare you to poke it!

    Glen Davidson

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    Dhorvath, OM

    That settles it, the portal is neither in the sky, nor in the deep, but just above you wherever you may be.

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    Death from above…

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    It’s coming right for us!

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    An octopus table.
    Now if PZ had been good old St Nick might have brought one for him. Instead he will get a lump of coal. Shame on him.

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    I don’t comment here much but I read the site almost daily. No offence to the cephalopod lovers out there, but if I saw that when I was underwater I would freak the hell out!! I think it’s something to do with the number of appendages, and the lack of, um… solidity.

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    I realize you’re not a fan of HuffPo, but have you seen the Octopus Crawling on Land yet?

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    Lee Phelan

    Beautiful shot. Has everyone read the Orion Magazine article(s) discussing the intelligence evidencing behavior of the octopus? http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6474

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    PZ posted on the damp octopus slurping around on the seaweed.

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    Darwin Harmless

    The largest octopus in the world inhabit Puget Sound off the coast of B.C. in Canada. Divers catch them by pulling them over their heads and then letting out some air to blow them to the surface. Harmless animals, no matter the size. Wouldn’t freak me for a minute to see one over my head.

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    I wanted to say that, scarina.

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