ZPi Blog Cephalopod Topic
- 2007-02-22 (UPDATED 2007-03-24) Larger Colossal Squid Caught
- New Zealand fishermen in the Ross Sea have caught a colossal squid weighing an estimated 495kg. Click link for collected factoids.
Older Special Reports:
- 2003-07-01 (UPDATED 2003-07-11) Chilean Blob: Not A Cephalopod
- A 12 meter long blob was found on a beach in Chile. It was suspected of being a giant octopus. Turned out to be decayed whale blubber.
- 2003-04-01 (UPDATED 2003-05-24) Colossal Squid Caught
- Fishermen near Antarctica have caught a rare, virtually intact specimen of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (or "colossal squid") -- a very large, very aggressive squid with scores of razor-sharp hooks on its tentacles. Includes article round-up, photos and email from Steve O'Shea.
- 2013-02-08 Japanese Researchers Confirm Squid Can Fly (AFP)
- "There were always witnesses and rumours that said squid were seen flying, but no one had clarified how they actually do it. We have proved that it really is true." Neon Flying Squid can fly more than 30 metres through the air at up to 11.2 metres per second.
- 2013-01-08 The Kraken Wakes: First Images Of Giant Squid Filmed In Deep Ocean (Reuters)
- The images of the silvery, three-meter long cephalopod, looming out of the darkness nearly 1 km below the surface, were taken last July near the Ogasawara islands, 1,000 km south of Tokyo. video excerpt.
- 2012-11-02 Diver Surprised By Reaction To His Octopus Hunt (Seattle Times)
- A Maple Valley diver said he didn't know it would upset people when he hunted a giant Pacific octopus at Cove 2 in West Seattle. More with pictures.
- 2012-10-12 Octopus Attacks Aquabiking Woman (UPI)
- A woman participating in an aquabike lesson in France said she was attacked by an octopus that immobilized her legs with its tentacles.
- 2012-10-18 Rare Octopus Caught Near Los Angeles (UPI)
- A rare octopus from the tropics (a female argonaut octopus or paper nautilus) has surfaced in Southern California, scooped up by a fisherman off the coast near Los Angeles, marine aquarium officials said.
- 2012-10-18 Deadly Octopus Flashes Bright Blue Warning with Super-Reflective Skin (Scientific American)
- The diminutive blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) makes its roughly 60 blue rings that cover its arms and body glow especially bright. Biologists at Woods Hole filmed the octopuses at super-slow speeds to find out how they do it. (Video)
- 2012-09-26 Vampire Squid From Hell Eats Faeces To Survive Depths (New Scientist)
- While most vampires prefer their prey alive, vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) are rather less demanding. They munch on any dead plankton, crustacean remains and faecal matter that happens to pass by, making them the only cephalopod not to hunt living prey.
- 2012-09-24 Drastic Loss In Giant-Cuttlefish Colony (Herald Sun)
- Giant Australian cuttlefish numbers at Point Lowly in the Upper Spencer Gulf have plummeted and authorities are at a loss to explain the cause of what could be the end of one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders.
- 2012-08-23 Insane In The Chromatophores (Backyard Brains)
- Researchers stimulate the rapid color-changing cells of longfin inshore squid using a suction electrode and Cypress Hill (includes video).
- 2012-08-21 Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists' Declaration) (SciAm: Octopus Chronicles)
- "The weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates."
- 2012-06-05 Anglers Find Giant Squid (Daily Telegraph .au)
- A giant squid, one of the most mysterious and least understood of marine creatures, has been found floating off the New South Wales south coast.
- 2012-05-21 Jurassic Squid Ink Same as Modern Squid Ink (Discovery)
- Ink from 160-million-year-old giant squid is essentially identical to today's squid ink. The discovery suggests that the ink and the ink-screen escape mechanism of squid have not evolved much (if at all) since the Jurassic Period.
- 2012-03-31 Photo: Nautiluses Munching On Chicken (Paul Allen)
- Billionaire uses personal underwater ROV, deployed from his megayacht, the Octopus, to feed chicken to nautiluses; posts pic on Twitter.
- 2012-02-21 Cuttlefish Have The Most Acute Polarisation Vision (The Fish Site)
- Cuttlefish and their colourblind cousins, squid and octopus, see polarized light invisible to humans, giving them a covert communication channel. A study found that cuttlefish were much more sensitive to polarization than previously thought. Study: High-resolution polarisation vision in a cuttlefish (Current Biology)
- 2012-02-20 Squid Can Fly To Save Energy (Nature)
- Photographic study shows that cephalopods travel faster in air than in water.
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