Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chopstick Octopus

Recycle artist Masataka Koike creates realistic-looking marine life sculptures from used wooden chopsticks. This octopus, which took eight months to complete, is made of 2,000 chopsticks.

Via Pink Tentacle.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Life Imitates Life: The Mysterious Mimic Octopus

While persons with dissociative disorders, or multiple personalities, have been known to have as many as 100 personalities, they have not been known to morph into totally different creatures -- except in the movies, of course. But one cephalopod, the Indo-Malayan octopus, totally transforms itself into at least 15 different sea animals. So far, at least, the Indo-Malayan octopus is the ultimate biomimic -- life imitating life.

There are two very striking observances made of this sea character, the Indo-Malayan octopus. One is that some of the 15 species of sea life are likely never to have been observed by the octopus, and the other is that when facing a predator, the octopus will become that predator's most fearful predator. How does the octopus know how to become something that it has never observed? How does it know what is most feared by its own predator?

Many more amazing photos of mimicry at the original article, Life Imitates Life: The Mysterious Mimic Octopus.

Via InventorSpot.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Bright Field of Squidlings

Princeton University has announced the winners of the 2009 Art of Science competition. First place this year was awarded to Celeste M. Nelson for this gorgeous, bright field micrograph of squid embryos.

Art of Science/2009 Gallery [Princeton University]

Via Ectomo.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Poulpe Pulps

If you've ever wondered if anyone was dutifully archiving all the pulp fiction book covers that include creatures of the tentacled variety ~ wonder no more. Francesca Myman has got us covered with her Web site, Poulpe Pulps.

Her collection is astounding, truly. And it keeps growing with reader submissions. In Francesca's own words: You will find that this is a reader-driven site, and one way to make my day is to email me with information about another delectable cover you've found. The eternal gratitude of the Mistress of the Tentacled Oblivion has many, many benefits.

Start hunting for more covers to feed her archives, cephalopod-lovers!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Creatures of the deep: What lurks in the depths of the ocean?

Histioteuthis bonelli (jewelled squid)

Histioteuthis sp.

The Census for Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations, estimates that about 230,000 species of marine animals have been described, and that there could be a total of between 500,000 and 10 million species in the sea. The Telegraph recently posted a selection of amazing marine photographs, "Creatures of the deep: What lurks in the depths of the ocean?" (including the two squid above).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cephalopod Fan Art

What, its been a week you say? And its not even Monday? Sorry for the wait, but here are the Cephalopod arts submitted by our wonderful readers for the contest!

This one, by Mad Marley Grey, is my favorite. Why? Because its a Tea Party! Check out the slick Octopus tea set. Where can I get one of those?
Tom Banwell's attack on the airship Gryphon.

radioohgirl took her Ocotpus outside for a walk.

And nonspecific, that's actually pretty creepy...spider cross with an octopus indeed!

Thank you everyone for playing along, we hope you had fun! Seeing all the art sure was fun for us.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Little Fun with Noadi's Steampunk Cephalopods

My friend Sheryl Westleigh has a delightful Etsy shop, Noadi's Art: Unique Sculpture and Handmade Jewelry Designs in Polymer Clay and Mixed Media. She is inspired by a love of marine animals (especially the cephalopods), science, and all things weird and wonderful. If you like cuttlefish, octopus, trilobites, or other strange creatures she's got something for you. Recently, she's added to her line some sweet steampunk designs.

From her blog: 
So I just got done making, photographing, and listing a bunch of new steampunk cephalopods jewelry in my Etsy Shop. Along with the distressed gray metal look I had been doing I created a more fanciful and feminine steampunk look in a deep burgundy red with antique gold edging that makes it look gilded. I'm very happy wiht how these turned out and how popular my steampunk cephalopods have been recently.

I decided I wanted to do a slideshow of them and this is what I created using animoto.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Piglet Squid

This cute little guy swims upside-down, making its tentacles appear to be growing out its head, and making its head look like a chubby, limbless body.

This "happy" specimen has developed what appears to be a smiley face, caused by a particular alignment of skin pigments.

Read more and view more squidly photos at Seawayblog.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cilia - Octopus Cecaelia Art Doll by dollings

Etsy artist dollings has this enchanting creature available in her Etsy shop.

From her description:
And there appeared a very terrible sea animal... ...that evening we had very bad weather.

Cilia measures almost 5 inches tall, and approximately 9 inches wide from one tentacly bit to another. She is entirely sculpted of polymer clay which has been carefully hand painted and sealed. Her tentacles are attached with eye-pins to allow some freedom of movement and rearrangement, and her arms are jointed simply with wire at the shoulders. Cilia's hair is individually boiled dreadlocks.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

And the Winners Are!

With random numbers selected from, congratulations to:

Artsnark! Winner of the kraken print. And...! Winner of the octopus necklace.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and special extra thanks to everyone who posted art! I'll be putting up a post on Monday featuring all the images you posted for us!
Today, however, I thought we'd feature the winners favorite cephalopods. After all without them we'd be having a tea party all by ourselves wouldn't we?

The chambered nautilus, which drifts backwards through the ocean wearing a shell with chambers filled with air that keep it floating right side up! Many credit it with being the inspiration for the design of the first submarine.

The 'dumbo' Octopus, a deep sea octopus living around the thermal vents hundreds of miles from the coast and thousands of feet below the ocean surface. Its 'ears' are actually fins that help propel it through the water. So rarely photographed that google image searches first page of entries contains only 3 images repeated for the entire page. Enterprising researchers took a video of one swimming however, which you can watch HERE set to ballet music.

Thanks everyone for making the Cephalopod Tea Party's first contest a success!