Blue-ringed Octopus -Although small in size, this octopus has powerful enough venom to kill humans with just one bite. With no known antidote, this makes it the most toxic known sea creature. When provoked, blue rings or lines appear in the octopus, making it beautiful to look at but deadly to touch. The octopus injects neuromuscular paralyzing venom that can kill a human in minutes
Look at that fancy octopus. Where are you going, Fancy Octopus? Are you hitting up the octopus clubs? Can I come with you?
the club can’t even handle this octopus.
loki’s monsters / by audrey koch [slanted-edges]
* * *
Just want to note: even though the most common versions of the tale say that Hel (the Goddess of Decay and Death), Fenrir (the wolf), and Jormungandr (the serpent) were children of the union of Loki and a giantess, I’ve found at least one scholarly essay that asserts that they were in fact mothered by Loki while he was in a female form.
My own interpretation of Loki is that [he’s] impossible to define sex-/gender-wise. Sometimes male, sometimes female, sometimes combinations of the two, and always changing. I mean, okay yes, I’m predisposed to like gender-queer characters, but my interpretation of Loki’s gender also goes along with how I view [him] as a deity: [he’s] fire, ever-destroying and ever-creating, and self-sustaining.
From Nature this morning: Researchers studied a series of photographs taken by Bob Hulse, an amateur photographer, of orange-back squid jumping out of the water.
Because they knew the intervals of time between each photo, O’Dor and his colleagues were able to estimate the squid’s…
Cephalopods still cooler than you in every conceivable way.
Kawaii!! All hail the awesome Bobtail Squid!
Pictured above are Berry’s Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi), photo by Rokus Groeneveld, and a Striped Pyjama Squid (Sepioloidea lineolata), photo by Tony Brown.
ferrebeekeeper assembled a fascinating post all about Bobtail squid, who are closely related to another awesome creature, the cuttlefish:
“With huge expressive eyes, tiny little tentacles, and opalescent skin, bobtail squids look like they were designed by a Sanrio artist having a strange day. Sepiolida cephalopods appear to be all head (they are also known as dumpling squid or stubby squid because of this shape)–and their large rounded navigation fins, which stick out like Dumbo’s ears only add to the impression.”
“There are approximately 70 known species of bobtail squid living in the shallow coastal waters from the Mediterranean, to the Indian Ocean, to the Pacific. To quote the Tree of Life Website, “Members of the Sepiolida are short (mostly 2-8 cm), broad cephalopods with a rounded posterior mantle.” The animals are gifted hunters which eat shrimp, arthropods, and other small animals which they chomp apart with a horny beak at the center of their arms. During the day, bobtail squid bury themselves in the sand with only their eyes protruding and then they hunt at night.”
Visit ferrebeekeeper to learn more about and view more photos of the awesome bobtail squid!
Next, a mold will be created and then it will be cast in bronze by the amazing people at Metalphysic in Tucson. The piece is just over 5 feet tall and will have working candle lanterns when finished.
We cannot wait to see the finished piece!
It’s not all that uncommon to meet a cat with extra toes, but have you ever seen an octopus with extra tentacles?
“The preserved octopus actually has the normal number of 8 appendages attached to its body, but each one branches out to form the multitude of extra tentacles. Apparently there is no theory that fully explains the surplus tentacles, but they are believed to be the result of abnormal regeneration that occurred after the octopus suffered some sort of injury.”
Learn more about such exceptional cephalopods at Pink Tentacle!
Well that’s just awesome.
“Up from the murky depths rise the Kraken, mythical beasts from Norse legend who prey on whales, ships and men alike. Subtext Gallery in San Diego is currently celebrating their fifth year in business with a fun concept show utilizing the myth of the Kraken. Challenging their artists to create not just new works, but rather new works layered over found aquatic paintings gives the show a fun appeal with interesting results.”
Kraken badminton match? That’s all kinds of awesome!