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Nov 16 2012

Friday Cephalopod: Giddyup, my great pink steed!

WHO IS YOUR MASTER NOOOOOOW?

Red octopus riding a human finger

(via the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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  1. 1
    Argle Bargle

    A mini cephalopod.

  2. 2
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Holy Crap! Look at the size of that finger! That finger is frikkin’ huge!

    What?

    Oh.

    Nevermind.

  3. 3
    holytape

    I, for one, welcome our new giant finger overlords.

  4. 4
    frog

    Must be a girl ‘pus, because it’s riding sidesaddle.

  5. 5
    thomasvos

    For a second there I thought PZ is a brony.

  6. 6
    arensb

    Was that a proposed cover for TMBG’s Dial-A-Song compilation?

  7. 7
    Brother Yam

    Um, squeeeee! It’s adorable!

  8. 8
    The Mellow Monkey: Non-Hypothetical

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen a cephalopod picture before it was featured here.

    I absolutely love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’d heartily recommend reading their Midnight Rambler story if you haven’t already.

  9. 9
    robb

    cute widdle cephalopod!

  10. 10
    Glen Davidson

    I curl my toes in glee!

    Glen Davidson

  11. 11
    eileencano

    Um, this may be a dumb question, as I know so little about cephalopods… are there any species that can go in a fresh water aquarium? Because this is about the cutest little critter I’ve seen in ages.

  12. 12
    Gregory in Seattle

    @eileencano – I’ve never heard of a fresh water octopus, or squid or cuttlefish, either. However, I have seen home-sized salt water tanks with octopi. And, of course, the big ones at aquariums.

  13. 13
    A. R

    W. A. N. T.

  14. 14
    DrewN

    You fools! He’s clearly about to crush the pathetic human between his mighty tentacles!

  15. 15
    pipenta

    As followers of Romney feared, when Obama was elected, dire events unfolded.

    The dead god Cthulhu has woken from his dreams and risen from dark cold R’lyeh. He will seek out and destroy those who have mocked his followers. Feminists, liberals, environmentalists, civil rights activists, A+ atheists and all those vile mortals who promote and practice altruism!

    And PZ? The heretic PZ must be the first to be destroyed! Mighty Cthulhu will now eat him!

    NOM NOM NOM FEAR ME NOM NOM NOM… um…

    This could take a while.

  16. 16
    Rutee Katreya

    Pinky the Pinkie finger: “What are we going to do tonight, Brain?”
    Brain the Octopus: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky: TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.”

  17. 17
    cicely

    So. Cute!
    -

  18. 18
    Ragutis

    eileencano
    16 November 2012 at 9:35 am

    Um, this may be a dumb question, as I know so little about cephalopods… are there any species that can go in a fresh water aquarium? Because this is about the cutest little critter I’ve seen in ages.

    As Gregory said, cephalopods are saltwater critters. And they are, by just about all accounts that I’ve seen, rather difficult to keep in an aquarium. (Actually, that’s just one of the problems raising them, keeping them in the aquarium. They’re renowned escape artists.) Plus, most species are rather short-lived (AFAIK) even with the best care. And that really sucks with a creature with so much personality that you’re sure to become really attached to.

    Anyway, keeping and even breeding various cephs has been done, but they’re definitely for the advanced aquarist. For more info try http://www.tonmo.com or http://www.reefcentral.com

  19. 19
    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    AAWWWwwwwwwwww!!! So Cute!!!

    {There is a loud crackling sound as theophontes has an epiphany: “What if cephalopods really are cuter than cats *interobang*” … moments pass … “But this is what my Feline Oberlawds warned me about, … must resist … must not forsake Them…” Starts clouting self with laptop as a distraction.}

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