Tenticular Gesticulation

Being a blog about my inexplicable fascination with octopodes

NOTE: I am not a marine biologist, I am just an idiot with a blog

Live Slow, Grow Big

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The wizards at the Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) capture a giant Haliphron Atlanticus on film, eating a jellyfish. This is only the third time in 27 years that a MBARI ROV has captured the Haliphron on camera.


Farewell, Bernie Wrightson

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Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away. I first discovered his work as a child reading Swamp Thing, and then as a teenager I fell in love with his seminal illustrated version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He also did concept art for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, as seen here. Currently WrightsonArt.com / BernieWrigtson.com is under heavy load for obvious reasons, but it is well worth visiting and exploring.


The Red Sea Rules!

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When three different people send me the same video within a matter of hours, you know I'm going to post it here...


Kong vs Kraken!

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The new trailer for Kong: Skull Island just dropped, and it gave me a very pleasant surprise. Check it out at one minute and 51 seconds in. Blink, and you will miss all the lovely, lovely tentacles.


O.R.k. - Soul of an Octopus

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Available now for pre-order is Soul of an Octopus - the sophomore release by O.R.k.  It all sounds like noise to me, but if it's your kind of noise you should check it out. I gather that if you are the kind of person who likes this sort of thing, then you might like it.


No Valentine's Day Blind Date

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According to The Seattle PI, this year's annual Valentine's Day blind date for two giant Pacific octopodes will not take place -- for the second year in a row. Usually it is a romantic event where visotors to the Seattle Aquarium look on while a male and a female octopus are paired up in the hopes that they will mate. Last year the event was cancelled out of fear that the very large and aggressive male might just eat the much smaller female instead of mating with her. This year the cancellation is for a much happier reason:  Raspberry, the female selected for this year's event, was found to be already fertilized. So instead of being part of a sixteen-tentacled live sex show, she is going to be released into Puget Sound today at noon Pacific time. The release will be streamed live on the Seattle Aquarium's website if you want to watch.


Tentakill

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"That there's some pure evil you kids unleashed, and it ain't gonna stop killin' until it gets what it wants."
"And, what DOES it want?"
"To keep killin'!"


Kitten Loves Octopus

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So my wife and are watching The Santa Clarita Diet, when a character mentions a YouTube video about a kitten and an octopus. You know I had to look that up.


Octopus Toys and Premature Babies

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A growing number of hospitals in Europe are giving knitted toy octopodes to prematurely-born infants, as a comforting tool with which to cuddle. From the linked article: "The idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, where medical staff reported that the toy octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns and, as a result, increased levels of oxygen in their blood. They also reported that when the babies cuddled their octopus they were less likely to try to pull on the cables and tubes surrounding their incubators." How cool is that?

UPDATE (via reader Treebyleaf): Here is the Octopus For A Preemie website, which includes an actual crochet pattern if you want to make your own to donate to a hospital.


Sète Fountain

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Check out this amazing octopus fountain in the Ville of Sète on the coast of southern France:



Blue Sushi, Denver

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I arrived in Denver last night for a conference, and stumbled across my first octopus in under ten minutes while going to my hotel. Here is the sign out front for Blue Sushi Sake Grill, in all its tentacled glory:


Snow Octopus

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Today I am leaving Florida and flying out to Colorado for a conference. I hope to build a snow octopus when I get there, kind of like this one.


Latest Posts

Live Slow, Grow Big
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:24 PM
Do You Like My Hat (Foxy Edition, Part 2)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:17 PM
Andy Brase
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:52 AM
Happy Octopus Spring!
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:46 PM
Farewell, Bernie Wrightson
Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:28 AM
Duluth Trading Wants You to Have Dry Pants
Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:26 PM
Aquatic Automotive Engineer
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:46 PM
The Red Sea Rules!
Monday, March 13, 2017 7:46 PM
Octopus Bubbler
Sunday, March 12, 2017 6:18 PM
Do You Like My Hat (Part 25)?
Friday, March 10, 2017 8:05 PM

Contact Me

Got some octopodal motion you want to point in my direction? Just gesticulate your tenticles towards me with one of these links:

- Ron Miles (a.k.a. Lokheed)

- ron@jamesaxler.com

You can also visit my other websites:

Shmoolok.com

JamesAxler.com