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.
Octopuses, undoubtedly the best creature lurking in the ocean, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors but this one might be gnarliest of them all: it’s a ghost. Or at least it looks like it. Recently spotted in the deep sea 2.6 miles down in the ocean, the octopus could very well be an entirely new species.…
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…
Octopuses are easily one of my favorite animals in the ocean because they have the intelligence to do things just like us like the ability to use tools and solve puzzles and also have legit superpowers that make them even cooler than us since they can camouflage and have this really extraordinary brain and neuron…
Over at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Steinhart Aquarium biologists say that it’s not enough to keep octopuses fed and healthy. The highly-intelligent cephalopods get unhappy if they don’t have things to do with their minds.
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.
In another episode of “Cephalopods are Basically the Most Amazing Creatures on Earth,” today we get an inside look at the burrowing habits of the southern sand octopus, the pressurized hose of the animal kingdom.
The skin of a squid is basically a magic material that can change colors as they expand and contract. PBS Deep Look calls them tiny water balloons filled with pigment and it’s pretty much their strongest (only?) defense mechanism in the open waters. They can change how iridescent their skin is and mimic how sunlight…
Scientists have finished sequencing the first complete octopus genome, and it’s a big step toward unraveling many cephalopod mysteries, including the basis of their unusual intelligence and unmatched camouflage abilities.
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.
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.
I knew octopi are crazy fast in water. Outside I thought they were just defenseless blobs of jelly muscle. This crab thought the same. This crab and I are stupid. Sorry crab. I'm not making your mistake, buddy.
Octopuses have become my favorite animals because it's very clear that they possess super powers from an alien world and even clearer that they use those powers for evil (or exactly how I would use them). Here's an octopus showing off his truly incredible camouflage powers. It goes from a brown mound to a blue water…
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.