(Bet You Didn’t Know) Today Is World Octopus Day
As far as social behavior, most octopuses appear limited to “copulation or cannibalism,” says Janet Voight, a cephalopod expert and associate curator at the Field Museum in Chicago, who wasn’t involved in the study. “And after copulation, cannibalism is back on the table.”
(Douglas Main, “Bizarrely Social and Crafty Octopus Stuns Scientists,” NEWSWEEK.COM, August 12 2015)
Nevertheless, and I only e-discovered it myself this afternoon, there is a day specially set aside to celebrate our eight-tentacled oceanic friends who, one might add, have other hobbies than just the two noted above. In addition, asks NEWSWEEK writer Douglas Main, “What other animal has three hearts, a brain-like set of nerves in each leg and blue blood? What other 50-pound beast could fit through a two-inch hole?” in the opening of his piece today, “It’s World Octopus Day! Here Are Eight Awesome Octopodes” via NEWSWEEK.COM, the rest of which can be seen by pressing here. Or, to read the article quoted at the top, specifically on the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (a.k.a. Awesome Octopode number eight), press here. And while celebrating, while Earthly octopodes might not necessarily be exactly the same thing as Cthulhu, one might set aside an extra glass for H.P. Lovecraft.