1. Eximious Jones says

    This beast (and my handy 1925 book of similes) inspires me to write: “Like a sudden flash of memory or spirit kindling up the mind of an old man, the octopus shed a glory upon the scene, in which its departed youth and freshness seemed to live again!”

  2. says

    PZ: I thought of you last night. (((Wife))) and I were at Target and they have household implements in the shape of animals. A monkey peeler (that sounds, um, wrong?), a toucan can opener (more room for double entendre’s there), a hedgehog scrubber, and, last but not least, an octopus scrubber. It looks a lot like the one above, except it sits on a round set of scrub bristles.

    I like your cephalopod photos. And thanks for fighting the good fight.

  3. Reginald Selkirk says

    Octopus-tasting event
    Superior Fish is hosting a FREE Octopus Taste Fest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its store on Eleven Mile near Main.

    On the menu: octopus chili, octopus salad, barbecue octopus, and octopus spread…

  4. Illucian says

    Newly added to the list of my favorite cephalopods, after learning about them at the Maui Ocean Center last week. Lovely image, thank you for sharing!

  5. Amplexus says

    Why is this species called “Cyanea”? Shouldn’t it be “Erythrorea”

  6. David Marjanović, OM says

    Shouldn’t it be O. cyaneus in the first place? Or have I missed something?

  7. John Phillips, FCD says

    Reminds me of a friend’s Airedale. He sits and looks at you just like that, especially if you ignore him :)

  8. says

    Just beautiful. She (in spite of a lack of evidence one way or the other I’m assuming it’s a she) is just amazing. And Reginald #12, as much as I’ve enjoyed octopus sushi, I have to admit I’ve always had qualms about eating an animal that–from what I’ve heard–is quite intelligent.

  9. Ethan says

    @ 21:
    Then I assume you don’t eat pork either? Pigs are supposedly in the top ten for nonhuman intelligence. C’mon, everyone knows the smarter an animal is, the more delicious it is.

  10. Hank Fox says

    I think it’s a She too. I’m picturing the cephalopodean version of Hooters, and this is one of the totally hot waitresses, a former Miss Coral Reef finalist.

  11. Ichthyic says

    Is that thing standing up out of the water?

    ah, i see what you mean.


    even an octo has limits, and with no bones, they don’t look like that when out of water.

  12. Bride of Shrek says

    Oh, he/she looks like they’re standing there wearing a pair of little polka dotted fluffy slippers. Kind of reminds me of my dad standing at the doorway when I was 17 and had missed 10 o’clock curfew.

  13. says

    I feel there should be a bottle of beer grasped in his tentacle, and he should be slurring something like “You gotta proplum…?”