Apr 05 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Reach!


(via the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hey, I just realized that it’s been about 25 years since I’ve been to Monterey Bay…I should go again.)


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    I just realized that it’s been about 25 years since I’ve been to Monterey Bay…I should go again.

    Not yet! They still haven’t quite finished repairing the damage from the last time. I mean, you really shouldn’t have ridden your pet kraken around the place.

    Also, the lasers mounted on the otters still aren’t working correctly. Well, actually, the lasers are working just fine, but the otters seem to think anyone with a beard or a kraken is you and open fire.

    On the other hand, the hagfish do need feeding…

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    Yes! Come! I’ll even ask Captain Kirk if he can bring back the whales.

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    Do it! But give us some advanced warning. I would love to spend a day with you in Monterey(I’m moving to the Bay area in a couple of months).

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    Anthony K

    Among so many other tells, the white knight “they’re still not going to fuck you weak bitches” bullshit is a giveaway that the MRAs, PUAs, and other skidmarks don’t fully believe their own evo-psych bullshit.

    Remember boys, there are two motivations to men, as you like to trot out: Sex and violence.

    The reason I’m a gender traitor is not because I’m interested in getting laid, it’s that other easily trotted out trope about Real Men™—I desire violence, and dominating fuckheads, at least verbally, is how I legally fulfill that desire.

    Joe Rogan of all dipshits should be able to appreciate that.

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    Anthony K

    Christ on a crutch. Fucking multiple tabs.

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    Ron Sullivan

    Oh yeah, go see; they make changes every now and then. Plus the Cal Academy/Steinhart has that new um medium-something octopus that doesn’t quite have an official name yet and lives long enough to lay several clutches of eggs.

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    By coincidence, 25 years is about how long it’s been since I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’d wanted to go when they had that great white on display, but couldn’t get the time to do so.

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    Oh! Pharyngula day at Monterey Bay Aquarium! You’ve brought me out of lurkerdom.

    My little girls (4 year old twins) love the Aquarium and are big fans of tako (the Japanese word for octopus.)

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    Why do you guys have to start planning this just when I’m about to move from the beautiful Monterey Bay to Hell (also known as Texas)? My dear hubby has been stationed in Monterey for the last three years, and it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, except for Santorini.
    If you ever set up a Pharyngula day at Monterey Bay Aquarium, I may have to fly there. For me, it will be a great excuse to get out of Texas.

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    they make changes every now and then.


    Uh, the aquarium is 4 TIMES the size it was 25 years ago.

    There is one of the biggest single tanks in the world there now, the pelagic tank, with schools of free swimming ADULT tuna…

    yeah, much more new to see than there actually was to see totally 25 years ago!

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    The Mellow Monkey

    It is definitely my favorite aquarium. I’m hoping to be able to get out that way this fall at some point, as it’s been a couple years since the last I was there.

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    Meh – the cephalopod is merely plagiarizing Leonardo da Vinci’s “Creation”. Give credit to the original artist.

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    Oops… make that Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”. It’s not my fault – all those Old Masters look the same to me.

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    YES! You can stay at the lovely Wayfairer Inn where my husband works (probably for free) and do the aquarium and Carmel.
    Long time lurker

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    bad Jim

    When is PZ going to comment about this?

    Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters

    UBC researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft.

    The single-cell protists, Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque, help termites digest wood. The researchers decided to name them after monstrous cosmic entities featured in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos as an ode to the sometimes strange and fascinating world of the microbe.

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    Aw. Teeny tiny little eldritch abominations!

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    What a wicked octopus it was, to be sure

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    Samantha Vimes

    Yes, you should.

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