Video shows 1,000+ octopuses in Monterey Bay 🐙


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/07/video-shows-more-than-1000-oc.html


#2

Octopi…


#3

Or not as Octopus is Greek not Latin.

ETA /pedant :smile:


#4

No doubt biding their time for the terrestrial invasion. Cthulhu slumbers lightly. ia ia phtaghn.


#5

There is only one:


#6

Octopedant


#7

I, for one, welcome . . .
nah, I’m outta here.


#8

4


#9

He so cute!


#10

Brooding

I DON’T SEE ANY HOODIES!


#11

I’ve a feeling Cthulhu just keeps hitting the snooze button.


#12

Booklovers among you may recall that H.G.Wells wrote a short story called “The Sea Raiders” in 1896. This was a suspenseful tale of octopods turning up in great numbers around the south coast of England, and dragging a few victims to their deaths. Apparently the motivation for this story was the sudden arrival of large numbers of the creatures a year or so before. Co-incidentally, there was a similar news report around a hundred years later - 2015 maybe - I can’t recall exactly - when unusual numbers were again sighted off the south coast of England. There were no reports of anyone being dragged to their deaths, though.


#13

Good thing those are not Dosidicus gigas (d’Orbigny, 1835). These also come in swarms of larger 1k, as far as I remember.

I like cephalopods, but Humboldt squid squads give me the shivers.


#14

Octopie…


#15

I’ll…I’ll just have the calamari, please.


#16

Yeah; I’m going to file this under “psionics are unlikely to exist; but if they do this is where we learn that sufficient density of marginally psionic entities in one location produces a gestalt consciousness of terrible power”.

(In a more realistic(or at least not physics violating) take on thT that vein, the octopus has a substantially distributed nervous system, plenty of arms; and skin with chromatophores, some chemical sensors; and some suggestions of light sensitivity.

This sounds like it might allow for at least modest data transfer between two individuals with arms interlocked; and each one has 8, so a mesh network of sorts, with octopodes like neurons linked by their 8 ‘dendrite’ arms to others nearby; is at least conceivable. Link bandwidth would likely be lower than for the internal nervous system; but not zero.

I’m not sure what would drive the evolution of such behavior(so we might need to assist in that area); but I’d give my seal of approval to octopus clustering capabilities.)


#17

That is not Calamari which can Cthulhu Pie.


#18

Well then maybe I’ll just sip on a Cooler out of Space. That sounds refreshing.


#19

Might I tempt you with some Funghi dello Yogurt???


#20

The word just makes me happy, I wasn’t correcting anyone.