There May Be A Disease That Makes An Octopus Eat Its Own Arms

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. » 3/27/15 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

Stop And Admire This Charismatic, Saucer-Eyed Octopus

Aquarium Insists This Wily Octopus Wasn't Trying To Escape Its Tank

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. » 3/05/15 3:50pm 3/05/15 3:50pm

Silly Portraits Of Each US Vice President With An Octopus On His Head

Why did artist Jonathan Crow decide to top the head of each US vice president with a watercolor cephalopod? Because it's funny. » 10/17/14 9:51am 10/17/14 9:51am

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. » 10/14/14 7:50am 10/14/14 7:50am

If an Octopus Can Paint This Well, Why Isn't He Making 8 Works At Once?

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 4:13pm 7/08/14 4:13pm

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 3:14pm 5/16/14 3:14pm

Scientists Discover How Octopuses Avoid Tying Themselves In Knots

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? » 5/15/14 12:01pm 5/15/14 12:01pm

Watch This Octopus Unscrew The Lid Of A Jar (From Inside The Jar)

As though the case for octopus intelligence wasn't strong enough already, check out the moves on this eight-limbed beastie. With a few deft turns of its tentacles, it manages to unscrew the lid of its enclosure from the inside. » 5/11/14 5:00pm 5/11/14 5:00pm

What it looks like when an octopus decides to steal your camera.

When an octopus decided that deep sea diver David Malvestuto's camera would be better off in his own eight arms, the resulting tug-of-war was pretty epic. Things really got good, though, when Malvestuto started taking pictures during the struggle. » 2/18/14 11:44am 2/18/14 11:44am

Another Valentine's Day dinner ruined

Francesca said she was making octopus, using the pots her strega auntie had given them as a wedding gift. When Jesse saw what awaited him at home, he figured it was for the best. He hated seafood anyway. » 2/14/14 5:00pm 2/14/14 5:00pm

Tentacular stained glass octopus chandelier would light up any room

If your dining room is in dire need of tentacles (and have several grand to spare), this stained glass chandelier is happy to oblige, with detachable limbs that can prop up candles or glow all on their own. » 12/29/13 3:00pm 12/29/13 3:00pm

US spy agency launched this Earth-conquering octopus logo into orbit

It sounds like a joke, but this octopus, which looks like it might just eat the Earth, waving its tentacles over the slogan "Nothing is Beyond Our Reach," is the logo for NROL-39, the latest satellite mission launched by the United States' National Reconnaissance Office. » 12/08/13 10:00am 12/08/13 10:00am

The Town that was Shaped Like an Octopus

The underwater city always dreaded the approach of Octopolis. Its rocky tentacles would block the roadways, usually during rush hour. A surreal landscape by Heri Irawan. » 8/25/13 6:15pm 8/25/13 6:15pm

Perfect for the weekend: a mantis shrimp snuff film

Sorry, Oatmeal. Your precious mantis shrimp – with its ultraviolet visual abilities and admittedly powerful raptorial appendages – is no match for the deadly cunning of a hungry octopus. » 8/02/13 3:32pm 8/02/13 3:32pm

Vacationing family finds exceedingly rare hexapus. Kills it. Eats it.

The world's first hexapus* was discovered in 2008 trapped in a lobster pot off the coast of South Wales. It was rescued soon thereafter, not eaten, transferred to Blackpool Sea Life Centre and later released. The world's second hexapus was not so lucky. » 7/28/13 9:37am 7/28/13 9:37am

Everything you never knew you wanted to know about octopus sex

In the latest episode of The Brain Scoop, the always-fantastic Emily Graslie talks with Janet Voight, cephalopod expert and Associate Curator of Zoology at the Chicago Field Museum, about the astounding biology of octopus sex, and "what is historically called a penis." » 7/27/13 11:45am 7/27/13 11:45am