Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.
Inky the octopus was not built for confinement—and so, he busted out. In the middle of the night, the wily New Zealand-based cephalopod apparently squeezed through a small gap in the top of his tank, scampered across the floor, and flung himself down the nearest drainpipe.
Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4,290 meters beneath the surface, it’s the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus…
If you need more proof that the octopus is absolutely the super villain of the sea, check out this gnarly superpower that allows the southern sand octopus to create an automatic secret hideout: it shoots jets of water at the sand to make quicksand which it burrows itself in and effectively disappears.
We all know the sad story of octopus sex, right? They live alone until it’s time to find a mate, they have sex a few times, then the males die. Females live a little longer to lay eggs, but die soon after they hatch. Turns out that the (still officially unnamed) Larger Pacific Striped Octopus breaks all the rules.
Smart, tough, and hungry, an octopus is near the top of the ocean’s predatory hierarchy. That makes it odd to see an octopus flee, repeatedly, from a few little damselfish. Watch an underwater mob, and learn what other animals these fish take on.
If you want to design a truly bizarre alien creature, you really don’t need to look farther than our own animal kingdom for inspiration. And some Earth-dwelling critters look especially odd when they’re first hatching into the world. Don’t believe us? Check out these videos of not-so-cute hatchlings.
Nope, that’s not an Octokitten!
Octopuses are known to be very intelligent creatures, but one octopus in New Zealand is outclassing all of her peers by taking photographs of her aquarium visitors. World, meet Rambo, the very first trained octopus photographer, or octographer, as we now say.
Here's a horror with which to start your weekend. Multiple octopuses have been spotted engaging in autophagy — otherwise known as self-eating. They will consume their own arms, and no one knows why.
This fetching creature comes courtesy of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program,"Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts."
It sure looks like this octopus at the Seattle Aquarium is attempting to flee to freedom before being caught in the act. Or, in the observant words of the person behind the camera, "He's like ... aww man, they got me!" Alas, that may not be what was really happening.
Why did artist Jonathan Crow decide to top the head of each US vice president with a watercolor cephalopod? Because it's funny.
They are impressive puzzle-solvers, have seemingly distinct personalities, use tools — and they are also food. Over at The New Yorker, they're taking a deep dive on whether the high (if alien) intelligence of octopuses makes their continued presence on our menus a troubling proposition.
Wait, I thought every day was octopus day. Oh well. An eight-armed hug for everyone!
He's the most prolific painter of his time. His self-portraits are like nothing you've ever seen. He is the octo-artist.
To look for aliens, most people peer towards the sky. But if you look down, you'll discover they already live among us. These aliens have brains, like we do, but they're mostly inside their arms, and each arm acts as if it has a mind of its own.
It's seafood for breakfast in the home of Nathan Shields. Octopuses, squids, cuttlefish, and even a few extinct critters have found their way onto his kids' breakfast plates. It's an adventure in taxonomy and cookery, all at once!
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?