Cephalopod Awareness Day Alert #2


We have another round of cephalopodic loveliness. Send me more!

  • Chris Clarke contemplates the word “sepia”.

  • Why chiropractors shouldn’t mess around with invertebrates.

  • Kevin submits the ubiquitous octopus vs. shark movie.

  • How can something so cute be angry? (Oh, man, I hear that one all the time.)

  • Poulperia. I think it’s a variant on Santeria.

  • Roger Burnham sends us some movies: Caribbean Reef Squid 001, Caribbean Reef Squid 002, and Common Octopus 001

  • Octopuppy. It’s art!

  • More cephalopoetry, from the Cuttlefish Poet:

    A Cuttlefish Limerick or Three

    The cuttlefish: Squid-like, you think?
    Just a cephalopod in the drink?
    Then you also should know it
    Refers to a poet,
    Or any who hide in their ink.

    For writers who think that they’re odd
    And ignored, by indifferent God,
    Don’t allow yourself–perish
    The thought, and just cherish
    Your label of “Cephalopod”

    For today, there will be no rebuttal–
    We will celebrate, loud and unsubtle!
    Just the same as each squid
    And each octopus did,
    We’ll shake all of our legs, and our cuttle!

    A Cuttlefish Double-Dactyl

    Inkily, thinkily,
    Deepwater cuttlefish
    Hide in their ink (to a
    Poet, that’s odd)

    Writing, you see, is not
    Part of the life of a

    the classic Ogden Nash–


    Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
    Is those things arms, or is they legs?
    I marvel at thee, Octopus;
    If I were thou, I’d call me Us.)


  1. iamnotanoctopus says

    Didn’t this fall on December 22nd last year? I ask only because that was the day I had my unholy courthouse wedding, and I will be sorely disappointed if I don’t get to wear my special squid skirt on my anniversary.

  2. says

    Didn’t this fall on December 22nd last year?

    That’s Cephalopodmas. ICAD is a more secular observance. ;-)

    Certainly there is enough room in our lives for at least two days of celebration?

  3. Kiless says

    I think we need more poetry for science-related themes. Give this poetic cuttlefish a regular gig! :)