And Now, Another Educational Fact About Eating Squid Sperm

You've no doubt heard that semen is nutritious, but it seems we're not the only species aware of nature's dirty little secret. Scientists have discovered that female southern bottletail squid readily — and consistently — consume the ejaculates and sperm of their mates. » 6/05/13 12:26pm 6/05/13 12:26pm

Squid sperm will cooperate to inseminate

A number of species engage in swarming behavior, where countless individuals move en masse in some direction. But they're not the only ones. Scientists have now found that the sperm of some squid form swarms, and this peculiar behavior could help the cells to fertilize eggs. » 4/11/13 2:40pm 4/11/13 2:40pm

Behold the real-life tentacle porn of squid sex

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's remotely operated vehicle Little Hercules captured this video of a pair of Pholidoteuthis adami getting hot and heavy in the northern Gulf of Mexico. That's the male on the bottom, swimming upside down, while the female is backwards on top. It may look more serene than those hentai… » 1/12/13 9:30am 1/12/13 9:30am

Mass squid suicides haunt California coastal towns

Over the past few days, hundreds of carnivorous Humboldt squids have washed up on the shores of several Northern California towns, especially near Santa Cruz. The squid are a large (3-5 foot long), highly intelligent species native to Baja California and South American seas. Usually, they inhabit only the deep waters… » 12/12/12 11:04am 12/12/12 11:04am

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 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

Lose yourself in the hypnotic dance of a squid's pulsing pigment cells

The color patterns on cephalopods are controlled in large part by chromatophores, pigment-filled cells controlled by the animal's muscles. Michael Bok, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, filmed this video of a dead Longfin Inshore Squid (Loligo pealeii) still-active chromatophores… » 7/08/12 1:00pm 7/08/12 1:00pm

A space squid battle to remember . . . on a t-shirt!

It's a space squid vs. a retro rocket! And it's a luminous, beautiful, funny tee designed by Kevlar51 to add to your collection. If you're in the States, your excuse is that it's Memorial Day, and you should have this shirt to honor the brave souls who gave their lives in the deadly space battles during the early days … » 5/28/12 8:36am 5/28/12 8:36am

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