Bioephemera pointed us to this lovely undersea gingerbread house created by Karen Portaleo at Highland Bakery in Atlanta, GA. It was made for the Georgia Aquarium – Al, did you get to taste any chocolatey ocean goodness? Also, a 200 pound giant octopus cake. BEST CAKE EVER. . . . → Read More: Gingerbread Under The Sea
Hat tip to the Bitter End blog.
This ghostly-looking orange cirrate octopus was observed with the MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts on my recent research cruise to the Taney Seamounts. These finned octopuses belong to an order of animals called Cirrata named for the presence of hair-like structures called ‘cirri’ which may aid these animals in the capture of food. via YouTube – . . . → Read More: Ghostly critters of the deep sea: Cirrate octopus
In this case a discarded rice cooker or crock pot on the abyss finds a new use as an octopus den! Note the dangling egg cases. Video from the Ocean Drilling Program. Text from their youtube page below: 18 May 2010: At ODP 889 (1256m below the sea surface), we happened upon an abandoned rice . . . → Read More: Something Old Is New Again
I have to post about this so that I can get it out of my system. Has anyone else been obsessed with “Paul the psychic octopus”? It’s the only reason I paid any attention to the World Cup hoopla (no offence to the football/soccer fans). I don’t think I watched any actual games during these . . . → Read More: Paul the Psychic Octopus
This is a travesty. Octopus everywhere are being decimated by these horrible creatures. Thankfully, we have learned the truth through National Geographic’s crittercam. Sadly though, there appears to be a certain bias here… :(
Apparently Batman + Lightsaber vs. Shark was just the start of an oceanic comics avalanche. Please enjoy 20,000 Leagues of DANGER!!! from the excellent comic Hark! A Vagrant. Poor giant squid, just wanting to be loved. Also a Jedi octopus from Hijinks Ensue! Ha ha, now the lightsaber is on the other tentacle! . . . → Read More: Friday Cephalocomics
From Matt’s Marine Music Medley.
So here I was, just minding my own business under this rock-type thing and some freakish looking thing from Poseidon-knows-where started kicking up dirt and messing with me! From NeptuneCanada’s youtube account: “2-September-2009: As ROPOS touches down on the sediment next to the drillhead, an octopus watches warily from its lair at Ocean Drilling Platform . . . → Read More: Octopus Just Trying to Catch Some Zzz’s