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Because I Haven't Posted About Cephalopods in a While

May 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Okay, some of these items are over a month old, but I do loves me some cephalopods.  And besides, when the octopus revolution happens (and it will) we'll have to know everything we can about our new masters.

Tool use, theft, and a crooked fight, all below the cut.

Rough Neighborhood

I'm not sure I would ever voluntarily hand a spear gun to an octopus that just robbed me blind, but I'm not a scuba diver, so what do I know.  Anyway, that's what this diver did when an octopus jumped him and stole his camera

I'm kind of shocked the octopus didn't shoot him with the spear gun and then arrange the crime scene to make it look like a suicide... just because it could.  Guy's lucky he ran into a white-hat octopus, is what I'm saying. 

Glad I Didn't Have Money on this Fight

I'm pretty sure the octopus in this next video purposely threw the fight. 

I mean, come on -- in the past I posted a video of one of those things taking out a shark.  And giant squid are known to fight whales.  And the octopus in the previous video tricked somebody into giving up his goddamn spear gun.

Am I really supposed to believe a sea lion could take an octopus?  Sure, they're cute and all, but they don't have eight arms, jet propulsion, and a built-in spyhunter-style inkscreen capability.

I figure this particular octopus had some gambling debts, and maybe owed the cephalopod mafia a few favors.

This Delicious Powered Armor Suit is Biodegradable

So, yeah.  Octopodes are now officially the first invertebrates known to exhibit tool use.

I admit it.  This video freaks me out just a little bit.  Because that octopus has big plans for his coconut armor suit.  You can see it in the eyes.

Take That, Aristotle

And, in other cephalopod news, researchers have cracked a long-standing mystery surrounding the paper nautilus




Susan May 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Ahh...the sneaky cephalopod -- by far the coolest of the molluscs. *Although* there are some pretty wicked gastropods out there, mind you. Don't cross that cone snail. I'm just sayin'...
Ian May 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm
I'd never heard of the cone snail until now, but then I found this and am reasonably freaked out. Especially by the part about how the toxin is a cocktail of hundreds of other toxins. I'm still putting my money on the cephalopod in a fight, though...
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