In December 2007, Portuguese police confiscated 9.4 tons of cocaine in a shipment of frozen octopus from Venezuela. “I suppose it’s possible that someone defrosted the animals, took out the cocaine, then threw their bodies overboard” Even more disturbing is it is more likely a parasite, bacteria or virus.
Squidy by ~ced66 on deviantART Hat tip to @sevenbullsboy on Twitter.
Greneledone boreopacifica….Are you my daddy? Image from wikimedia commons Yo Ush, What up Kels Wanna introduce you to this girl, think I really love this girl, Yeah? Man she so fine, Straight up dawg? She stand about 5’4” coke cola red bone, Damn She drives a black Durango license plate say “Angel” tattoo on her . . . → Read More: Same Girl
A report from Dr. M while he is at sea in the northeast Pacific. You can follow the expedition here. Our first day in the water. The sea is calm and tremendously blue. Of course blue clear water means little primary production at the ocean’s surface. Through the 3.5km of transparent water column, the ROV . . . → Read More: NE Pacific Expedition Day 5
Hat tip to Cephalopod Tea Party!
Yes, this will be liveblogged as soon as it comes out in video. There is nothing wrong with a B-movie that knows it’s a B-movie. More importantly, there could possibly be nothing horrible about a movie with a GIANT OCTOPUS in it. It’s a known fact. (I am ignoring the fact that Lorenzo Lamas . . . → Read More: In Which the Universe Overheats From a Supernova of Awesomeness
It is hard to know what to cheer for here
Biomimetics is the field of study where animals provide the inspiration for engineering designs that can be exploited by us, quite literally “life mimicking”. It goes to show there is so much basic organismal biology that we don’t know and so much we can learn from observation and experimentation! Read the full article in New . . . → Read More: TGIF: Robo Octopus Biomimetics
This video of a swimming Tremoctopus or “blanket octopus” was shot in the Gulf of Mexico in 180 feet of water at Eugene Island South Addition Block 330 in October, 2008. The location is 100 miles from the Flower Garden Banks, close to Sweet Bank, on the outer continental shelf west of Mississippi Canyon. . . . → Read More: TGIF: Strange Blanket Octopus
In no certain order… 10. Those barnacles just ain’t feeding! This is red hot barnacle copulation! Turn the lights down low, everything’s goin’ to be just right… 9. Humboldt Squid are vicious, blood thirsty demons ready to rip the flesh off any living creature. Of course I tend toward exaggeration 8. Beautiful? Definitely! Slow? Stunningly! . . . → Read More: The 10 Greatest Web Videos of Marine Invertebrates