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The Birth and Soul of an Octopus as Told in a New Book and Captured on Film


The Soul of an Octopus is from the the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery.

In The Soul of an Octopus Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Montgomery’s popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures.

Since then Sy has practiced true immersive journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. Published in May of 2015, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

Check out the remarkable up close video (below) which documents the birth of octopuses, from their carefully guarded egg sacks.

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Gotcha! Octopus Snaps Picture of Photographer From Inside its Tank


Ben Savard, Digital Media Producer at Middlebury College,  mug shot taken by an octopus. Photo provided by Ben Savard/Middlebury College.

Octopuses are the most highly intelligent order of invertebrates, or spineless animals – which make up 95% of the animal kingdom. They use tools and display short and long-term memory in their behavior. In a bizarre twist, and literal turn of the camera, a filmmaker at Middlebury College learned firsthand an octopus’ proclivity for observational learning.

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Octopus Walks On Land, Drops Off Crab, Heads Back To Water

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Down the road from Scuttlefish HQ at Moss Landing’s Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a tourist family from what sounds like Kansas or some other land locked place, observes an Octopus go to great lengths to haul itself out of the water where it drops a crab it was holding and heads back into the water. It’s hard to understand why this Octopus did this, but given the stories of how intelligent these cephalopods are, it’s easy to imagine a number different reasons.

Deep Water Cephalopods Turn Dark With Light

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From Duke, a study that suggests deep water octopus and squid quickly shift from semi transparent to red (essentially black under water) to avoid detection by bioluminescent predators like lantern fish.

Transparency is the default state of both Japetella heathi, a bulbous, short-armed, 3-inch octopus, and Onychoteuthis banksii, a 5-inch squid found at these depths. Viewed from below against the light background, these animals are as invisible as they can be. Their eyes and guts, which are impossible to make clear, are instead reflective. But when hit with a flash of bluish light like that produced by headlight fish, they turn on skin pigments, called chromatophores, to become red in the blink of an eye.


Water Wench Wednesday


sophia loren – boy on a dolphin (1957)

imagePhaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold stature of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.

Originally, the film was to star Cary Grant. It was four days into shooting in Greece when Grant canceled. His wife, Betsy Drake, had survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner and he went to be with her. Robert Mitchum was then considered, before Alan Ladd was finally signed to play Dr. James Calder.


Wrap Around Mermaid Belt Bucklevia allmermaids

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Kooky Borealis Answers Your Questions


Original: Ascension. octopus bride print by Schin on etsy(via mudwerks)


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Cuttlefish Attacks an Octopus

Not to be confused with the exceptionally rare scuttlefish, the cuttlefish (in the cephalopod class, with over 120 known varieties in the world) is a master of disguise. In this video, a diver is delighted to watch as an octopus tries to steal his spanner. And then, out of nowhere, BAM! KAPOW! like in the old Batman TV show, here comes the cuttlefish.

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Again, not to be confused with a scuttlefish.

Red Octo

*brandonskinnerphotography via blackgang*