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)
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)
Seems like only one:
- http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/_pdf/Giant%20Pacific%20Octopus%20husbandry%20BIAZA.pdf (scrolling down to the internal anatomy illustration might be useful for your purposes)
- Additionally, here is a video: http://www.arkive.org/north-pacific-giant-octopus/enteroctopus-dofleini/video-16.html#utm_source=social-network&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=species-north-pacific-giant-octopus
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)
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.