« Spiders Three.Five | Main | Pre-emptively bowing to cephalopoid overlords »

Friday, 08 August 2003

Welcoming our new cephalopoid overlords

In discussion inspired by the amazing octopus video posted on Metafilter, an amusing and in-depth page about keeping octopuses in aquaria:

Octopuses are escape artists and care must be taken to prevent losing one once you have captured it. Immediately after being caught, Legs discovered a small hole in the seam of my new dive net, went through it, plopped in the water, and disappeared from sight... all in about two seconds! Luckily, at least for me, I was able to relocate her. Once back at the Hall of Justice, (o.k., o.k., hotel room) Legs was placed in a five gallon bucket with its lid slightly ajar to provide an air line to circulate the water. Later, that same morning, a distinctive 'splop' awoke us, somehow penetrating our half asleep brains. That we heard it was no small miracle as we were no doubt still traumatized from waking up at 3:00 A.M. to go look for octopuses. We rushed into the bathroom of the hotel room and there was Legs, obviously upset, scooting around the floor. We managed to catch her and return her to the bucket (yes, the feeling of octopus suckers on your skin is weird at best). Besides keeping the octopus safe, a well sealed collecting bucket and/or octoaquarium helps to allay a loved one's fear that 'that thing is going to crawl out in the middle of the night and suck my brains out through my nose'. [more]

39 comments and trackbacks


Yeah, heh. The Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center (a cool aquarium/museum/neat thing to visit in Newport, Oregon) has a tank in the lobby that usually contains an octopus.

It's a sort of four-foot-tall round barrel-like tank with an open top and steps around the outside edge so kids can stand on it and look down at the octopus, who usually rests in a little wad of flesh and tentacles down in one corner. Sometimes, when they're feeling enthusiastic, they will caaaarefuly extend single tentacles and gently grip the fingers of people who visit the tank. When I was little, I never quite got up the nerve to let it give me a little squeeze, especially once it was pointed out to me that their taste organs are in their suckers. Yum yum!

Unfortunately, about half the time they don't have an actual octopus in the tank, because it's usually only a matter of a few weeks before they figure out how to take out the screws that hold the grill over the drain and escape into the bay.

So, yes, they're creepy-smart.

Posted by: jbrandt on August 9, 2003 12:15 AM

I can't find it, but my brother has written a bit (and lectured me on) how strange it is that octpus are intelligent (and emotional), two traits that you normally only see in highly social animals, not ones as solitary as the octpus.

That always intrigued me, they don't need to be intelligent, intelligences has an associated biological cost, and yet they are. Alien seed stock is only one of the many possible explanations. (not my favorite)

Hmm, looked around a bit more, still can't find the link, but here is his link where he writes a little bit about a an alternate evolutionary path where cephalopods has become aboreal.

http://sedesdraconis.com/index.cgi?Dryopoda

Posted by: kellan on August 9, 2003 07:08 PM

Yeah. I am very, very perplexed at how they became so obviously intelligent (most intelligent of all invertebrates?) without being more social.

I have the sneaky suspicion that if they enjoyed talking to each other and hanging out in cafes, we'd be done for.

Posted by: Dan Hon on August 9, 2003 09:22 PM

online poker Jun 9, 2005 3:29 AM
You are invited to check out some relevant pages in the field of online poker
Read more in online poker »

online gambling Jun 9, 2005 10:11 PM
Please visit some information dedicated to roulette
Read more in online gambling »

gambling Jun 10, 2005 6:21 AM
In your free time, check some relevant pages about gambling
Read more in gambling »

credit score Jun 10, 2005 3:54 PM
Please check the sites dedicated to home loans payday loans refinance
Read more in credit score »

online poker Jun 11, 2005 9:22 PM
You may find it interesting to check out some helpful info about online poker
Read more in online poker »

blackjack Jun 12, 2005 5:31 AM
You can also check the pages about blackjack
Read more in blackjack »

poker hand rankings Jun 16, 2005 1:36 AM
You can also visit some relevant information dedicated to texas hold em free online poker
Read more in poker hand rankings »

play free poker Jun 16, 2005 7:27 PM
Take your time to check out the sites dedicated to poker poker tables free strip poker
Read more in play free poker »

roulette Jun 19, 2005 6:25 PM
You are invited to visit some relevant information on roulette
Read more in roulette »

poker Jun 20, 2005 1:56 AM
Please take a look at some relevant pages about poker games party poker
Read more in poker »

poker rules Jun 20, 2005 8:40 PM
Please visit some information on poker rules
Read more in poker rules »

píldoras naturales de la ampliación del pecho Jun 21, 2005 3:26 AM
ampliació
Read more in píldoras naturales de la ampliación del pecho »

internet casino Jun 22, 2005 3:13 AM
Take your time to check the pages in the field of internet casino
Read more in internet casino »

online poker list link Jun 22, 2005 11:50 AM
Please check out some helpful info in the field of poker rules strip poker game
Read more in online poker list link »

texas hold poker rules Jun 23, 2005 7:08 AM
You may find it interesting to check some information in the field of strip poker poker tour
Read more in texas hold poker rules »

craps Jun 24, 2005 7:28 PM
Take your time to check out some relevant pages on jack black craps
Read more in craps »

black jack Jun 25, 2005 2:54 AM
Take your time to check out the sites on jack black craps las vegas casinos
Read more in black jack »

poker table Jun 26, 2005 2:50 PM
In your free time, check out some relevant information about world series of poker free online poker
Read more in poker table »

free slots Jun 27, 2005 11:29 PM
You can also check out some information in the field of gambling
Read more in free slots »

weight loss pills Jun 28, 2005 9:09 AM
Take your time to take a look at some helpful info about online pharmacy
Read more in weight loss pills »

pacific poker Jun 29, 2005 5:14 AM
You may find it interesting to check the sites in the field of pacific poker
Read more in pacific poker »

texas hold em online strategy Jun 30, 2005 2:58 PM
You can also check out some relevant information about texas hold em tutor poker texas hold
Read more in texas hold em online strategy »

wsop gold bracelet Jun 30, 2005 11:17 PM
You are invited to check out some helpful info in the field of free texas hold um 2004 wsop
Read more in wsop gold bracelet »

poker online reviews Jul 1, 2005 7:52 AM
You can also take a look at some relevant information dedicated to allin holdem demo version download hold em
Read more in poker online reviews »

poker table top Jul 2, 2005 8:27 AM
Please take a look at some relevant information in the field of strip poker texas hold em rules
Read more in poker table top »

free how to win at blackjack Jul 2, 2005 4:59 PM
You are invited to take a look at the pages about slot machine cheating play online blackjack for free
Read more in free how to win at blackjack »

counting cards in blackjack Jul 3, 2005 1:43 AM
You can also take a look at some information in the field of stock investing and las vegas style gambling
Read more in counting cards in blackjack »

sandia casino Jul 3, 2005 9:30 AM
Please check some helpful info on pros and cons of gambling
Read more in sandia casino »

online poker Jul 4, 2005 8:57 PM
Take your time to visit some helpful info on party poker poker rooms
Read more in online poker »

party poker Jul 5, 2005 4:25 AM
Take your time to take a look at some helpful info about poker rooms
Read more in party poker »

poker rooms Jul 6, 2005 2:02 AM
Please check out some information on empire poker texas hold em
Read more in poker rooms »

party poker Jul 7, 2005 12:42 AM
You may find it interesting to check the sites on online poker poker
Read more in party poker »

countrywide mortgage Jul 8, 2005 3:41 PM
You can also check out the pages dedicated to credit bureau navy federal credit union
Read more in countrywide mortgage »

poker games Jul 8, 2005 11:53 PM
Take your time to visit the pages in the field of pacific poker
Read more in poker games »

empire poker Jul 9, 2005 4:17 PM
Take your time to visit some information in the field of party poker pacific poker
Read more in empire poker »

how to play poker Jul 13, 2005 1:20 AM
You are invited to check out the sites in the field of poker games caribbean poker
Read more in how to play poker »

Name (required):

Email address (required):

Homepage:

Remember personal details?

Choosing yes will save a cookie on your computer that will remember your personal details.


Comment: