This Is the Ultimate in Octopus Hair Accessories

These adorable creations are from Kirstie Williams' etsy shop CuriousCephalopods, where you can also commission ones in any color you wish. Not only are they awesome — look at those tentacle curls — I am counting on one to provide protection from nature's most intelligent sea creatures. » 3/25/15 1:30am 3/25/15 1:30am

Gorgeous Deep-Sea Footage Of 'An Unusually Large' Dumbo Octopus

Deep-sea researchers led by Robert Ballard (best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage) have caught a rare, extended look at an uncharacteristically jumbo dumbo octopus, with the aid of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the unlit depths of the Caribbean sea. » 8/31/14 2:30pm 8/31/14 2:30pm

The Alien Brains Living on Planet Earth

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. » 7/08/14 5:15pm 7/08/14 5:15pm

Texts From Cephalopods Is Everything You Imagine It Is

This is the way Texts From Cephalopods imagines the octopus in this video would describe those events. It turns out that the squid is the octopus' sensible friend. » 5/20/14 7:00pm 5/20/14 7:00pm

Coolest Dad Ever Cooks Pancakes That Look Like Cephalopods

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! » 5/16/14 4:26pm 5/16/14 4:26pm

This French doorway is obviously the beginning of the Cthulhian…

From the entryway to the Institut Océanographique in Paris comes what might be the most awesome sculpture to adorn an archway in the history of sculptures and archways. Also Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. » 1/15/13 8:40am 1/15/13 8:40am

8 glorious buildings shaped like squids and octopodes

Architects frequently take their design cues from nature, but while some prefer the curves of budding flowers or the sturdy power of desert mesas, others give their buildings reaching tentacles, high, squid-like towers, or the occasional smattering of what looks like suckers. Here are a handful of buildings and design… » 11/17/12 2:00pm 11/17/12 2:00pm

Watch an octopus steal food and beat up a shark AT THE SAME TIME

Octopuses are absolutely hilarious, what with their penchant for puzzle-solving and infinitely useful tentacles. Just check out this video by Lauren De Vos of the University of Cape Town's Marine Research Institute — while filming a bait canister in Cape Town's False Bay, a thieving octopus managed to undo the humans'… » 10/02/12 7:55am 10/02/12 7:55am

Watch what happens when you play Cypress Hill through a squid's fin

Cephalopods like squid and octopuses change their appearance with color-changing cells called chromatophores. Chromatophores can be stimulated via electrical signals — like the ones coming out of the headphone jack of an iPhone playing Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain." » 8/23/12 4:40pm 8/23/12 4:40pm

Watch the world's largest cuttlefish battle for mating rights

Nobody envies the sex life of a male Australian giant cuttlefish, also known as Sepia apama. The largest cuttlefish on Earth, these cephalopods typically mate only once in their lives and outnumber females 11 to 1 — which means they have to spit some serious game if they want to get any. » 6/19/12 11:32am 6/19/12 11:32am

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160 million years ago, ancestors of cuttlefish were already using the…

Researchers have shown that ink sacs from a cephalopod that lived 160-million years ago still contain traces of the pigment melanin. That's an impressive find in its own right, but what really floored the scientists was how familiar these pigments looked. » 5/22/12 9:25am 5/22/12 9:25am

Octopus Wrestling, A Sport That Amounted To Cephalopod Home Invasion

Dive into murky water, thrust your hand into a hole, and return to the surface with with an octopus. Octopus wrestling sounds like a horribly rude form of aquatic home invasion. But let's time travel back to the Pacific Northwest circa 1960, when this was a popular spectator sport. » 2/17/12 7:05am 2/17/12 7:05am

This amazing optical illusion video will make a man's head disappear

This video uses your eye's built-in blind spot to trick your brain into making a man's head vanish. I've seen some pretty awesome optical illusion videos in my time, and I'm calling it now: this is the best one yet. » 1/18/12 11:15am 1/18/12 11:15am

Watch a lowly fish mimic the incredible mimic octopus

The mimic octopus is a stealthy swimmer (and a furious lover) but it's not the only master of disguise in the ocean. While swimming off of the coast of Indonesia last July, diver Godehard Kopp noticed that a black-marble jawfish was surreptitiously hitching a ride with the mimic octopus. » 1/05/12 6:45am 1/05/12 6:45am

And now, two mimic octopuses making sweet, sweet love

We love ourselves some mimic octopodes, and they certainly love each other. In fact, here are two Indonesian mimic octopodes engaged in the delicate art of making genetic knock-offs of themselves. Such choreography! This is some tentacle porn we have no compunction posting without the NSFW tag. » 12/11/11 2:00pm 12/11/11 2:00pm

The Blanket Octopus, One Of The Most Alien Animals To Swim The Earth

It's generally agreed around these parts that octopodes are disturbingly awesome. The blanket octopus however kicks our cephalopod fascination into overdrive. How come? This creature looks like a swimming tablecloth or one of the aliens from Abyss. » 12/03/11 12:15pm 12/03/11 12:15pm

Deep sea cephalopods can switch between transparent or opaque for…

Cephalopods continue to astound us on a daily basis. New research has shown that deep sea cephalopods not only have incredible camouflage powers, but can switch between being transparent and opaque at will. » 11/10/11 5:00pm 11/10/11 5:00pm

Giant prehistoric krakens may have sculpted self-portraits using…

For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over a fossil collection of nine Triassic icthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) discovered in Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Researchers initially thought that this strange grouping of 45-foot-long marine reptiles had either died en masse from a poisonous plankton bloom… » 10/10/11 8:00am 10/10/11 8:00am

What it's like to swim with a (dead) giant squid

While filming whales off of the Canary Islands recently, a documentary crew discovered a rare marine find — the body of an Architheuthis squid bobbing in open water. Sadly, the creature was extremely dead, but the documentarians were able to capture footage of this deceased beast. » 8/24/11 2:15pm 8/24/11 2:15pm

Squids and octopi imitate color despite being colorblind

Cephalopods often change color to confuse their prey or escape their predators. They can't see color, but their predators and prey can. How do they pull it off? » 5/21/11 11:00am 5/21/11 11:00am