Mar 30 2012

Friday Cephalopod: They’re evolving wings!

Forget that goofy crocoduck. I want a cephalogull.

Actually, this isn’t an octopus growing bird wings. I have a whole series of violent photos of the event — it’s a very cunning octopus that oozed up to the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, BC, reached up silently with it’s suckered arms, and dragged a seagull down to a watery doom, and a tasty fowl dinner. If you were eating nothing but crab every day you might want to try something different too.

Also, take that, bird fans!

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1

    Your ‘also on SB’ link points back to here. You need a better code monkey. =P

  2. 2

    what a relief! For a minute there I thought the seagull was eating the octopus.

    Of course that was a silly thought, brilliant cephalopods are way too smart for stupid birds.

  3. 3
    PZ Myers

    Nope, I need slower readers. I post to both sites with a blank url, get the address from each, and update the two posts. If you click within a minute of me posting the crossposted articles, you’ll catch them before the update.

  4. 4

    What species is that?

    Gullophagous sniiki?

  5. 5
    Glen Davidson


    Glen Davidson

  6. 6
    chigau (違う)

    I would like to see the series of violent photos.

  7. 7
    Dhorvath, OM

    I, ah, have spent time at Ogden point and nearby, it being in my backyard so to speak. Now I am doubly sure that I won’t be swimming off the island anytime soon.

  8. 8
    consciousness razor

    If you were eating nothing but crab every day you might want to try something different too.

    Maybe it should try the calamari next time. That’s probably much tastier than seagull.

  9. 9

    How nice for that octopus to fatten itself up so it will be nice and juicy on my dinner plate.

  10. 10

    A bit of a derail.
    Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rebuffed suggestions by a top House Republican that American generals were not being truthful about Pentagon spending needs.

    You know, I’m not sure what to think here. Other then you know your budget is completely out of whack when even the Pentagon is saying “Um… we really, REALLY don’t need this much money. Go use it somewhere else important.”

  11. 11

    I don’t think cephalogulls would look as good on a tie

  12. 12
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    @Filthy Human:

    Post derails on TET! There are no derails there :D Plus we’re all friendly!

  13. 13

    That the “Episode *some large roman numeral” threads?

  14. 14

    It Came From Beneath the Sea!

  15. 15

    “I have a whole series of violent photos of the event ”

    Stop teasing.

  16. 16
    'Tis Himself

    I have a whole series of violent photos of the event

    Why am I not surprised that PZ has gull snuff porn.

  17. 17

    Love the “oozed up”! Beautifully descriptive :)

  18. 18

    Tastes like chicken.

  19. 19

    Yay! I feel special!

    (I sent PZ the photos.)

  20. 20

    I dont see a whole series of violent photos. Would like to see a whole series of violent photos…

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    chigau (違う)

    You are special!! Yes, you are!!
    -now post the photos somewhere :) (please)

  22. 22

    Joining the chorus requesting violent photo series!

  23. 23

    Awesome. I hate birds. I’ve never had an octopus crap on my car right after I washed and waxed it.

  24. 24
    A. R

    Is there nothing that they cannot do? Fear them! Mammals are next!

  25. 25

    Hey when you think about it what you have here is an octopus eating a dinosaur…
    Which is even cooler.

    Also want to see the rest of the violent photos and also to stop thinking that they should be photos of violence and not violent photos which sound like the monster book of monsters… But I can’t see that happening any time soon.

  26. 26
    The Sailor

    @ Katherine “Plus we’re all friendly!”

    I’m not! [/Python]
    I’m a little surprised the octopus was so obvious, I would have thought he would have lured the seagull in by a more devious method.

    And “tastes like chicken” FTW!

  27. 27

    And my first thought was ‘what CR do you suppose it would be?’

  28. 28

    Gee, that’s awful, Victoria has so few seagulls to spare.

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  30. 30
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Those look like pigeon wings. Maybe it’s a juvenile gull?

  31. 31

    Yeah, I thought the wings look like pigeon, too. Both in shape and color.

  32. 32
    The Sailor

    Markita Lynda, the juvenile delinquent just gulled you into believing that.

  33. 33
    chigau (違う)

    See. That’s why we need a series of violent photos.
    For identification purposes.
    For Science!

  34. 34

    After a bit of rooting around the ‘Net, I’ll now say the wings look like a gull, rather than a pigeon. But, as Markita Lynda says, probably a juvenile.

    I could find no images that weren’t copied from here, but found an old newspaper account of someone watching an octopus catching a gull.

  35. 35
    Oleander Tea, Keeper of A Little Knowledge

    First Otto the Octopus juggling hermit crabs and now this unnamed-by-humans octopus getting supper by stealth. I’m starting to really be impressed with those sea beasties.

    I’m also re-thinking my snorkeling hobby. Today small birds, tomorrow tall girls.

  36. 36

    is this the series of pictures?

  37. 37

    The octopus is cool! Do you have a video of the octopus catching the bird? I didn’t know that they can do that! They rock! :)

    “Brix” for pot catalytique 

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