The Amazing Cephalopoda Class
Cuttlefish skin that reacts to light may hold key to making better camouflage … (read more)

Cuttlefish skin that reacts to light may hold key to making better camouflage … (read more)

DNA Reveals Giant Squid From Around the World are Remarkably Similar
"An analysis of tissue samples from 43 giant squid (Architeuthis spp.) from around the world… mostly from dead squid that had been found washed up on beaches or floating on the ocean surface, although a few came from animals that were accidentally caught by deep-sea trawlers… (revealed) the mitochondrial DNA of the creatures, irrespective of where they came from — be it be it California, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand or somewhere else — … (to be) genetically very similar.” …(read more)

DNA Reveals Giant Squid From Around the World are Remarkably Similar

"An analysis of tissue samples from 43 giant squid (Architeuthis spp.) from around the world… mostly from dead squid that had been found washed up on beaches or floating on the ocean surface, although a few came from animals that were accidentally caught by deep-sea trawlers… (revealed) the mitochondrial DNA of the creatures, irrespective of where they came from — be it be it California, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand or somewhere else — … (to be) genetically very similar.” …(read more)

COMPLETE FOOTAGE Live Giant Squid Caught on Camera (2013)

Insane in the Chromatophores


During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (loligo pealei), music was tested on the squid’s chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful. 

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths, scientists in Japan report…(read more)

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths, scientists in Japan report…(read more)

I will be illustrating a giant pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I am wondering about the siphon--is this a paired organ, or do they have only one? I will be drawing the right side of the animal.
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Sights from my behind-the-scenes visit to the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian Support Center Library. I even saw the cephalopod holotypes! 

Go behind the scenes with me!

Octopuses Gain Consciousness
The “privileged state of subjective awareness in fact goes well beyond Homo sapiens, according to the new Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (pdf), which was signed last month by a group of cognitive neuroscientists, computational neuroscientists, neuroanatomists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists who attended the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals at Cambridge University in the U.K….” (click here to read more)

Octopuses Gain Consciousness

The “privileged state of subjective awareness in fact goes well beyond Homo sapiens, according to the new Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (pdf), which was signed last month by a group of cognitive neuroscientists, computational neuroscientists, neuroanatomists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists who attended the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals at Cambridge University in the U.K….” (click here to read more)

Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction-up, down, sideways-by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel.
Jacques Cousteau

I took a trip to the Smithsonian on Sunday and saw this History Channel Special on Deep Ocean Explorers. See what it’s like to be one of the few who have made the trip into the ocean depths. 

The American Museum of Natural History’s Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence App for Ipad

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Got to play with this awesome app last night! :D I highly recommend it!