D'AWWWWCTOPUS: post yr images of adorable octopuses here (no squid allowed)

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call all destroyer, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:07 (three months ago) Permalink

they truly are superior beings aren't they

marcos, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:15 (three months ago) Permalink

love 'em

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:16 (three months ago) Permalink

it's kind of a bummer that they are delicious

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:19 (three months ago) Permalink

i can't bring myself to eat octopus anymore tbh

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:20 (three months ago) Permalink


mick signals, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:23 (three months ago) Permalink


mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:34 (three months ago) Permalink


your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:35 (three months ago) Permalink

lol yes i can't get it to post

mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

haha. lovely thraed

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I think I'm starting to warm to octopuses now.

calzino, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:37 (three months ago) Permalink

come on in, the water's lovely

(and filled with octopuses)

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:37 (three months ago) Permalink


mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink

protection wheeeeee!

mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:43 (three months ago) Permalink

you, a wise evolutionary scientist: "octopuses have learnt to armour themselves with coconut shells"
me, an internet clown: THEY FUCKING LOVE IT

mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:45 (three months ago) Permalink


Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:47 (three months ago) Permalink

pixar couldn't make the lil' un much cueter than that.

calzino, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:56 (three months ago) Permalink


mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:57 (three months ago) Permalink

lord almighty look at that li'l guy

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:59 (three months ago) Permalink


mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:00 (three months ago) Permalink

lol i had one of those

mark s, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Genuinely shocked I never thought to start a cute octopus thread.


Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:20 (three months ago) Permalink


Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Great thread.

I especially like the Alice the goon like Prussian octopus

"The Prussian Octopus," 1915.

This British map shows an aggressive Prussian octopus, the heart of the expanding German Empire, along with a rather sad-looking Austria Hungarian octopus. pic.twitter.com/kgLLxouOyU

— Nima Shirazi (@WideAsleepNima) February 24, 2018

And the Chicago vice octopus

In honor of World Octopus Day, here's a 1910 illustration showing Chicago's Levee in the grip of VICE's tentacles. https://t.co/SzFaYpAt5F pic.twitter.com/jNWF4Cvo5U

— Robert Loerzel (@robertloerzel) October 8, 2017

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:05 (two months ago) Permalink

nima shirazi good, demonising our octopals bad

NEW CHIMP THREAT (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Prussian bonobo octopals pretty adorable IMO.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Was effusing about Soul of an Octopus earlier. Made me blub a bit.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 26 February 2018 20:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Does ILX support gifv?

It's because I'm human, isn't it?! (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Okay video here

It's because I'm human, isn't it?! (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

sy montgomery describing the skin of an octopus head as ‘soft as custard’ has really stuck with me, that li’l guy looks totally strokable

NEW CHIMP THREAT (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I've photographed a number of them, but they're universally shy. Nearly all scuba divers will avoid harassing octopuses in their natural environment, but this little fella seems a bit odd. Don't inadvertantly stick a finger around their beak under the mantle, they can take the tip off in a single bite.

It's because I'm human, isn't it?! (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:36 (two months ago) Permalink

i was just gonna ask "don't they bite with that beak?" they look terrifyingly sharp.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Their tongues are also covered in teeth (but that goes against the AWWW directive of this thread).

Rick Wokeman (Leee), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Where's he goin'?


Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

A very curious octopus. pic.twitter.com/EgSyRKT8SW

— Apolonis Aphrodisia (@A_aphrodisia) March 2, 2018

(this is the one sanpaku posted)

mark s, Friday, 2 March 2018 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Mark (and sanpaku) I love that video thanks

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:57 (two months ago) Permalink

That is genuinely amazing.

Google Atheist (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:57 (two months ago) Permalink


Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 5 March 2018 03:08 (two months ago) Permalink

v delicate li'l guy, would stroke

bathed and ready for a snack (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:42 (two months ago) Permalink


mark s, Monday, 5 March 2018 18:03 (two months ago) Permalink

oops i mean


— MꙬse Allain (@MooseAllain) March 4, 2018

mark s, Monday, 5 March 2018 18:03 (two months ago) Permalink

wow what a beauty

playing in his high school band “The Velvet Pickle” (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:09 (one month ago) Permalink

more like awe-ctopus

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:21 (one month ago) Permalink

kind of lol but mostlyaaaiiyeeeTF?!

Hunt3r, Friday, 30 March 2018 22:56 (one month ago) Permalink

1) flabby bits
2) intelligent
3) mostly relax
4) wrinkles

octopus is basically a damp kind of elephant

not quite as cool as seeing damo's wang but (contenderizer), Friday, 30 March 2018 23:25 (one month ago) Permalink

he look like a hippo

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 1 April 2018 15:16 (one month ago) Permalink

ha he does

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 2 April 2018 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

oh my god the algae octopus

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 April 2018 06:37 (one month ago) Permalink

angular! i love him!

someone’s burgling my miscellanea (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 5 April 2018 08:25 (one month ago) Permalink

He looks like a golden wizard!

Meme Imfurst (Leee), Thursday, 5 April 2018 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink

If the world lasted long enough, would the world’s animals evolve to a most-charismatic-to-humans state?

Hunt3r, Thursday, 5 April 2018 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

That's a very good point - I worked with a conservation agency one time and they referred to "charismatic megafauna" - as in, people are only motivated to save large, appealing animals.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 April 2018 22:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Or, in this thread's case, animals that show surprising intelligence and occasionally psychic abilities regarding football matches.

To try to answer Hunt3r's questions seriously, charisma is one way to go, another would be to taste good to humans, or to be hardy enough to survive in radically different (read: warmer) environments.

Meme Imfurst (Leee), Thursday, 5 April 2018 22:38 (one month ago) Permalink

"large" as in "bigger than nematodes" - octopuses are both charismatic and megafauna

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 April 2018 23:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Now reading the Peter Godfrey-Smith OTHER MINDS book about octopus intelligence and it is soooooo goooood

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 6 April 2018 00:39 (one month ago) Permalink

I find the actual anatomy of octopus brains rather fascinating. Essentially, it seems most of it is in two lobes behind each eye processing visual information, with relatively little mass devoted to integrating everything into unified neural correlates of the world outside. Their esophagus passes through their brain.


Also worth noting, octopuses do not recognize themselves in the mirror test. Really no fault to them, we can't all be magpies, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, or some primates.

They're similar to dogs in this respect, though of course dogs can recognize other individuals and do appear to have some second order theory of mind, if lacking a first order one.

Zhoug speaks to you, his chosen ones (Sanpaku), Friday, 6 April 2018 02:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I see cephalopods as brilliant examples of "the other way to do it" - we centralise our nervous systems so that sensory inputs can be compared, limbs can be cross-coordinated, etc. whereas they are kind of like "intelligent tissue" in that much of their sophistication is achieved in a decentralised, democratic way, an independent control ganglion for each tentacle, communicating with the distributed brain shown above. Or maybe we can equate the tentacle ganglia with our spinal cord, which is the vertebrate centre for embodied intelligence and coordination (and gets very little respect for its sophistication, because it does its work literally without calling attention to its activity). Cephalopod skin is one of their most interesting attributes - its reconfigurable texture and colour is a whole other interaction and communication system, and induces reactions in other cephalopods the same way that we use language, but it seems like a more direct coupling of influence rather than something encoded and decoded.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 6 April 2018 04:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Or to stretch a metaphor, maybe the human CNS is like the old mainframe systems with multiple terminals running from a common resource, whereas an octopus resembles the Internet of Things with small agents processing independently and messaging to coordinate.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 6 April 2018 04:26 (one month ago) Permalink

this link won't work but add a parenthesis onto it after it doesn't:


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 6 April 2018 11:19 (one month ago) Permalink

the v enjoyable lrb review of the peter godfrey-smith book has this:

Like humans, they have centralised nervous systems, but in their case there is no clear distinction between brain and body. An octopus’s neurons are dispersed throughout its body, and two-thirds of them are in its arms: each arm can act intelligently on its own, grasping, manipulating and hunting. (Octopuses have arms, not tentacles: tentacles have suckers only at their tips. Squid and cuttlefish have a combination of arms and tentacles.) In evolutionary terms, the intelligence of octopuses is an anomaly. The last common ancestor between octopuses on the one hand, and humans and other intelligent animals (monkeys, dolphins, dogs, crows) on the other, was probably a primitive, blind worm-like creature that existed six hundred million years ago. Other creatures that are so evolutionarily distant from humans – lobsters, snails, slugs, clams – rate pretty low on the cognitive scale. But octopuses – and to some extent their cephalopod cousins, cuttlefish and squid – frustrate the neat evolutionary division between clever vertebrates and simple-minded invertebrates. They are sophisticated problem solvers; they learn, and can use tools; and they show a capacity for mimicry, deception and, some think, humour.

and a couple of great anecdotes:

Since a comparison with the human brain tells us so little, scientists turn to the octopus’s behaviour as the best indicator of its cognitive power. But here researchers are often frustrated by what Godfrey-Smith describes as a ‘mismatch’ between anecdotal reports and experimental studies. In the lab, octopuses do fairly well: they can navigate mazes, use memory to solve simple puzzles and unscrew jars and child-proof bottles to get food (octopuses have also been filmed opening jam jars from the inside). Yet it can take octopuses a surprisingly long time to be trained in new behaviours, which some researchers have taken as a sign of their cognitive limitations


In 1959, Peter Dews, a Harvard scientist, trained three octopuses there to pull a lever to obtain a chunk of sardine. Two of the octopuses, Albert and Bertram, pulled the lever in a ‘reasonably consistent’ manner. But the third, Charles, would anchor his arms on the side of the tank and apply great force to the lever, eventually breaking it and bringing the experiment to a premature end. Dews also reported that Charles repeatedly pulled a lamp into his tank, and that he ‘had a high tendency to direct jets of water out of the tank; specifically … in the direction of the experimenter’. ‘This behaviour,’ Dews wrote, ‘interfered materially with the smooth conduct of the experiments, and is … clearly incompatible with lever-pulling.’ He concluded that his experiment was a partial failure.


Captive octopuses appear to be aware of their captivity; they adapt to it but also resist it. When they try to escape, which is often, they tend to wait for a moment they aren’t being watched. Octopuses have flooded laboratories by deliberately plugging valves in their tanks with their arms. At the University of Otago, an octopus short-circuited the electricity supply – by shooting jets of water at the aquarium lightbulbs – so often that it had to be released back into the wild. Jean Boal, a cephalopod researcher at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, reported feeding octopuses in a row of tanks with thawed squid, not an octopus’s favourite food. Returning to the first tank, Boal found that the octopus in it hadn’t eaten the squid, but was instead holding it out in its arm; watching Boal, it slowly made its way across the tank and shoved the squid down the drain. (The third-century Roman rhetorician Claudius Aelianus, a more sympathetic observer than Aristotle, identified the octopus’s main characteristic as ‘mischief and craft’.)

Fizzles, Friday, 6 April 2018 12:03 (one month ago) Permalink

charles t. octopus sounds like a real asshole, i like his style

star wars ep viii: the bay of porgs (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 6 April 2018 12:15 (one month ago) Permalink

That review is fascinating, I think I need more reading on this subject.

Hunt3r, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:08 (one month ago) Permalink


startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 23:47 (one month ago) Permalink

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