Cephalopod Awareness Day Alert #3


More cephalopods are being celebrated everywhere. Send me more!


  1. dwarf zebu says

    Did anyone see the weird and questionable special on Animal Planet last night called “The Future’s Wild”?

    It featured huge walking land squid with intelligent arboreal octopi as the squid’s favorite prey on an earth projected 200 million years into the future.

  2. says

    In all the time I’ve been reading Pharyngula, lurking and commenting we’ve had a squid archive on our blog, but you’ve never come over. I feel spurned, I tell you, spurned!

    Well, here’s the welcome mat.

    Granted there’s only ten posts in there now, but there’s 5 years’ worth of squid posts waiting to be tagged since we shifted to WordPress. I’ll do it if I think they’ll get read.

  3. Diego says

    Hurray for Cephalopod Day!!

    I love the octopus tattoo.

    I am tempted to send a photo of the octopus I drew (with a regular pen not as a tattoo) on a friend’s skin for her “Octopussy” costume last year, but the resolution from her camera is pretty poor. If only I’d taken some shots with my camera!

  4. says

    On this Canadian Thanksgiving, let’s me thankful for our “head foot” friends. Like us, cephalopods are big-brained, smart, agile, and dextrous, but otherwise they are so *unlike* us that if they didn’t exist, we might not be able to imagine them.

  5. Carlie says

    The overfishing is almost inevitable – they’re predators, so there are fewer of them to begin with, and we’re taking away a lot of their food sources as well.

  6. Mena says

    dwarf zebu, I saw something like that a few years ago, maybe the footage has been recycled. I remember thinking that the producers couldn’t seem to be able to imagine new critters so they had to go with the old ones. Were they literally swinging from the trees? That was kind of funny, actually. The morphology wouldn’t change to fit the environment in 200 million years, they would just be able to somehow live on land. I can see that some descendant of a modern cephalopod species could someday be able deal with a land environment but it would be a totally different looking animal.