ZPi Blog Cephalopod Topic
- 2007-02-22 (UPDATED 2007-03-24) Larger Colossal Squid Caught
- New Zealand fishermen in the Ross Sea have caught a colossal squid weighing an estimated 495kg. Click link for collected factoids.
Older Special Reports:
- 2003-07-01 (UPDATED 2003-07-11) Chilean Blob: Not A Cephalopod
- A 12 meter long blob was found on a beach in Chile. It was suspected of being a giant octopus. Turned out to be decayed whale blubber.
- 2003-04-01 (UPDATED 2003-05-24) Colossal Squid Caught
- Fishermen near Antarctica have caught a rare, virtually intact specimen of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (or "colossal squid") -- a very large, very aggressive squid with scores of razor-sharp hooks on its tentacles. Includes article round-up, photos and email from Steve O'Shea.
- 2015-09-18 Octopus Makes Own Quicksand To Build Burrow On Seabed (New Scientist)
- The southern sand octopus (Octopus kaurna) has taken hide-and-seek to a whole new level. It shoots jets of water into the seafloor creating quicksand that allows it to vanish.
- 2015-08-25 Rare Nautilus Sighted For First Time In Three Decades (UW)
- University of Washington Biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered what he considers one of the world's rarest animals, Allonautilus scrobiculatus.
- 2015-08-24 Octopuses Seen Throwing Things May Be Using Shells As Weapons (New Scientist)
- Octopuses have been recorded gathering up armfuls of debris before taking pot shots at one another. Whether it's a case of "get off my turf" or merely "oops, didn't mean to hit you" is still a puzzle.
- 2015-08-13 No, An Octopus Is Not An Alien (From Quarks to Quasars)
- A number of sites started running stories that seemed to imply that octopuses are aliens. Scientists were really just using a clever metaphor to highlight the unique complexity of the octopus genome i.e., octopuses aren't really from outer space and their DNA is not utterly unique.
- 2015-08-12 Octopuses Filmed Mating Face-to-Face -- A First (Nat. Geo.)
- A new study of the Pacific striped octopus reveals never-before-seen behaviors that have stunned scientists. "The beak-to-beak mating is just crazy nutty." Paper in PLOS ONE: "Behavior and Body Patterns of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus".
- 2015-08-12 Octopus' Sophistication Driven By Hundreds Of Previously Unknown Genes (Ars Technica)
- Researchers have now sequenced the genome of the California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides). Paper in Nature: "The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties".
- 2015-05-20 Octopus Can See With Its Skin (UCSB PR)
- A new study demonstrates that an octopus's skin possesses the same cellular mechanism for detecting light as its eyes do. (Paper abstract.)
- 2015-04-12 Octopus Takes Photos Of Her Aquarium Visitors (CNET)
- The octopus, named Rambo, has been trained to take photos of visitors who stop by to see her at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, NZ
- 2015-01-22 Japanese Fisherman Capture Live Giant Squid (Business Insider)
- Local fisherman have reported a disturbing rise in giant squid catches in the past year or so. They say the squid are coming closer to the surface.
- 2015-01-21 Jumbo Squid Speak by "Flashing" Each Other (NatGeo)
- Giant Humboldt squid speak to each other in flashes of color, their whole bodies quickly changing from red to white and back again. But just what they're communicating has long been a mystery to scientists. Now, new video analysis is allowing marine biologists to begin cracking this jumbo squid's code.
- 2014-07-28 Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers (NatGeo)
- Most octopuses are loners, but larger Pacific striped octopuses display surprising social behaviors -- living in groups of possibly up to 40, laying multiple egg clutches, and mating face-to-face and sucker-to-sucker.
- 2014-05-15 Scientists Discover How Octopuses Avoid Tying Themselves In Knots (io9)
- There are many things that make the octopus a strange creature, but one of them is that each of its eight arms has an essentially infinite number of positions, and yet each arm operates independently. How does an octopus keep from tying itself in knots?
- 2014-04-29 Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep (Scientific American)
- While we are pretty adept at anesthetizing mice and monkeys, the mollusk body works so differently that human researchers are sill largely in the dark.
- 2013-12-13 What It's Like to Be an Octopus (LiveScience)
- Imagine for a moment what it might be like to be an octopus. You're smart. You might even be able to use tools. But most of your brain cells are packed into your limbs.
- 2013-10-24 How Do You Incubate Cuttlefish Eggs (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
- For $2.50 and "a day in the life of one volunteer," Aquarist Bret Grasse makes a better bubbler out of soda bottles, plastic tubing and silicone glue.
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