“the suppleness of the flesh, the grace of the contours, the flexibility of the membranes, the transparency and the coloring”

Jean Baptiste Vérany was a man who truly appreciated the beauty of cephalopods. He created a book of chromatolithographs of Mediterranean octopuses in 1851, containing art that is now in the public domain. Go browse!


  1. birgerjohansson says

    I most like the demonic variety, depicted in “Wormwood; Calamari Rising”.*

    *It explains what happened to Elvis.

  2. Walter Solomon says

    They can be trained by clandestine organizations to carry out assassinations according to Thomas Pynchon. May have to send a couple to Mar-A-Lago which is conveniently near the water.

  3. birgerjohansson says

    If they just could evolve myelin sheating around their neurons nothing could hold them back.

  4. drsteve says

    I know gentlemen prefer arachnids these days, but I also know I sure am no gentleman, so I’m
    happy to keep flying my flag for
    the aquatic variety of gorgeous eight-legged invertebrates.😍