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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Octopus Calendar on

What better way to ring in the new year than with a little octopus lovin'? Check out this cute Calendar I found from MateoAndIsabel on You can get your daily octopus fix 365 days a year!

Product Description
Mateo and Isabel love octopuses, who doesn't?

This 2009 calendar measures 5.5 by 8.5 inches and is printed on recycled chip board with a Gocco printer. Enjoy this cute green octopus all year long or gift it to someone you love.

Every one is a little different, it's the charm of Gocco!

$6 each.

They also have this funky little octopus "spoke card" available. If you no longer ride a bike, I'm sure you could find some other nifty use for it. $2 each.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

More Octopus Tattoos

Here are a few more inked ceph-lovers I found recently on

Beautiful detail on this upper-arm octopus. I love how the texturing on the skin is so lifelike. The depth of the tentacles and detailed work around the eye is entrancing! I can't stop staring at it!

The colors in this little octopus really pop. It's simple, yet quite eye catching.

I know, I know...this is a little bit questionable under the title of "Octopus Tattoos", but hey, it's kinda' cool. This ceph-lover just happens to love his with a little rice and seaweed. It's a fun and unique design!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays, Cephalophiles!

Happy Christmas from Death by Divas and Everything Octopus!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Octopus Greeting Cards on

I just found a new "favorite seller" on - SmackofJellyfish. In my hunt for great octopus stationary, I came across her shop, which features a stellar collection of greeting cards, and yes, there is an octopus option.

Product Description
Show someone the depth of your love with this lovely little card. "If you were an octopus..." it reads on the outside; the inside continues: "I would grow eight arms to hold you."

Great earth tones and a charcoal sketch of an octopus adorn the front of the card. The back includes fantastic facts about the smartest known invertebrate!

This card is 4.875" square, and comes with a 5" square envelope.

There are more to come in this series of love card

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Giant Pacific Octopus Tried to Eat Sub

This is an oldie, but goodie!

From:, January 16, 2006

Written by: Cara Page

Giant octopus tries to devour a submarine

A GIANT octopus almost ate a submarine when the £75,000 craft invaded its territory.

The 18-foot sea monster wrapped its tentacles around the remote-controlled sub's cable and hauled itself towards it.

Then it grabbed the vehicle and tried to bite through its metal skin.

The sub's amazed controllers used its thrusters to fire sand and grit from the seabed at the octopus, forcing it to let go.

And when they got the vehicle to the surface, they found two pieces of tentacle, each as thick as a man's arm, still attached to it.

The 80lb octopus pounced as the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) tried to move a cable on the seabed.

Chris Tarmy, whose company supplied the sub, said yesterday: "The octopus was obviously irritated by the ROV. It was a terrifying sight as it came galloping along the cable to attack.

"These creatures have terrific jaws and the sub's surface pilot was very worried that we could have lost it. But as the octopus engulfed the ROV with its tentacles, the pilot slammed its thrusters into reverse.

"Luckily, after a bit of a battle, the octopus let go.

"When we got the ROV back to the surface, it had these two big bits of tentacle stuck to it."

The 110lb, four-foot sub, supplied by Hampshire firm Seaeye, was working off Vancouver Island in Canada when it was attacked.

It suffered no major damage and experts say the octopus's lost tentacles will grow back.

The Giant Pacific Octopus can grow as big as 600lb. The creature is known for its intelligence and can unscrew jars to get at food.

Chris joked: "Perhaps the octopus" fancied the ROV. I suppose it can get lonely down there."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Octopus Cups for your Kitchen or Bathroom

Now that I own a home, I have been spending an inordinate amount of time online looking for cool octopus housewares. I came across these little gems on one of my favroite sites,

Item description: A modern interpretation of the classic mint julep cup, these whimsical black and white cups feature a bas relief octopi on each side. With a flared shape and detailed designs at the top and bottom, these sweet and sturdy stoneware cups are quite roomy as drinking glasses and will also be wonderful for holding toothbrushes, flowers, pencils or coins. Available in black or white. Designed in Brooklyn. Made in China. Sold individually. $20 each.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Giant Pacific Octopus vs. Mr. Potato Head Video

Video description: By providing simple objects, like Mr. Potato Head and a plastic container, the octopus can practice a wide range of natural behaviors, such as foraging for food and investigating new items that look, smell, or feel different.

Check out our earlier post on the Giant Pacific Octopus to learn more about this fascinating species.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Species: Giant Pacific Octopus

Sometimes called the North Pacific Giant Octopus, The Giant Pacific Octopus lives along the coastal North Pacific region from California to Alaska and even to certain islands of Japan. It is the largest and longest living species of octopus. While most species have a lifespan of approximately two years, the Giant Pacific octopus has an average lifespan of four years. Like other species, they die shortly after breeding, with the female starving herself during the brooding period.

The most distinguishing feature of the Giant Pacific Octopus is its size. The average adult Giant Pacific octopus weighs 33 pounds and has an arm span of 14 feet, although some weigh as much as 100 pounds, and it has even been reported that one specimen weighed as much as 600 pounds, with an arm span of 30 feet.

When at rest, the Giant Pacific Octopus is a reddish-brown color. Like other species of octopus, Giant Pacific Octopus can contract or expand tiny pigments, known as chromatophores, in its cells and change the color of its skin to blend into its environment.

The Giant Pacific octopus feeds mostly on shrimp, crab, abalone, clams, fish, and scallops. There is also evidence to support that these enormous octopuses feed on sharks. To further support the belief that the Giant Pacific Octopus feeds on sharks, consumed shark carcasses have been found in the middens on the octopus.

Highly intelligent creatures, Giant Pacific Octopuses have learned to open jars, mimic other octopuses, and solve mazes in lab tests. Their population numbers are unknown, and they do not currently appear on any lists of endangered or vulnerable animals. However, they are sensitive to environmental conditions and may be suffering from high pollution levels in their range.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

300 Octopuses Stretch 2,400 Tiny Arms in Dana Point

From: LA Times, December 6, 2008

Written by: Susannah Rosenblatt

Even eight arms may not be enough to keep up with this brood: After laying eggs two months ago, an octopus at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point has 300 tiny hatchlings. The rice-grain-size baby octopuses have spent their first days of life floating around their tank and eating brine shrimp, said chief aquarium biologist Julianne E. Steers.

Now 4 millimeters long, the creatures can grow up to 3 feet and live for about two years. Their mother, a two-spot octopus native to the California coast, is nearing the end of her life cycle. The species is named for the circular blue spots on the sides of the head.

Steers caught the hardy two-spot in September 2007 under a scientific permit to use it in educational programs at the institute.

She didn't know if the female's eggs were fertilized, and the octopus has had no male companionship since she arrived at the nonprofit institute, which is dedicated to ocean education. The creature can store male sperm for a year or more.

In the wild, just a handful of the young octopuses would survive; Steers is hoping that about 30 of the institute's hatchlings will make it to adulthood, when they will graduate to eating crabs and other crustaceans.

Their mother -- unnamed, as are all the animals at the institute -- tended the eggs faithfully, cleaning and aerating them, without stopping to feed herself, Steers said.

And she didn't have time for her usual entertainment: unscrewing jars to find treats, dismantling Mrs. Potato Head toys and taking apart Legos.

The hatching began Monday and has continued much of the week, with the mother hovering protectively during the process.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Octopus Jewelry from OctopusMe! is home to famed seller, OctopusMe, who is known for her unique designs made from real octopuses.

Here's what she has to say about her handmade octopus jewelry:

Life on earth began in the Sea. Organisms from every major group can still be linked to those underwater. These beautiful and amazing creatures should be honored and celebrated...

The Octopus is a symbol of Transformation and Regeneration. Because of its reputation of changing colors to match its backgrounds, the octopus is also known as the Master of Disguise. Octopuses also have the power to regenerate. If an octopus loses an arm in battle it can grow a new one. Some can even detach and arm to distract predators and then grow another! Don't mess with the octopus because they can stun or kill you with one poisonous bite. The poison is called tetrodotoxin which is the same as Fugu, the puffer fish served in Japan. So treat your Octopus with Love!

The octopus used in my jewelry is sushi grade. Items have been hand cast in Sterling Silver unless specified otherwise :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Species: Blue-Ringed Octopus

One of the most intriguing octopuses out there is the Blue-ringed Octopus, a beautiful but deadly cephalopod found in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some fascinating about the Blue-ringed Octopus:

  • There are three or four species of blue-ringed octopus; three confirmed and a fourth under study. The three confirmed are the Greater Blue-ringed Octopus, Southern Blue-ringed Octopus, and Blue-lined Octopus.

  • The Blue-ringed Octopus can be found in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Australia. The Blue-ringed octopus, Hapalochlaena maculosa, can be found only in the temperate waters of southern Australia, from southern Western Australia to eastern Victoria at depths ranging from 0-50 m. Hapalochlaena lunulata can be found in shallow reefs and tide pools from northern Australia to Japan, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Philippines, and Indonesia and as far west as Sri Lanka at depths ranging from 0-20 m.

  • The species is named for the bright blue rings it bears, but while resting it is a pale brown to light yellow color, depending on surroundings. The blue rings only "light up" when the animal feels threatened.

  • Blue-ringed Octopuses are born the size of a pea and grow to be about as big as a golf ball.

  • These tiny killers are among the most venomous creatures on the planet. Despite the poison they carry, they are very docile and will camouflage themselves until provoked to attack.

  • The octopus produces venom that contains tetrodotoxin, 5-hydroxytryptamine, hyaluronidase, tyramine, histamine, tryptamine, octopamine, taurine, acetylcholine, and dopamine. The major neurotoxin component of Blue-ringed Octopus venom was originally known as maculotoxin, but was later found to be identical to tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin which is also found in pufferfish and cone snails. Tetrodotoxin blocks sodium channels, causing motor paralysis and sometimes respiratory arrest leading to cardiac arrest due to a lack of oxygen. The toxin is created by bacteria in the salivary glands of the octopus.

  • There is no known antidote for their poison, which is powerful enough to kill humans. First aid treatment is pressure on the wound and rescue breathing. It is essential, if rescue breathing is required, that it be continued until the victim begins to breathe, which may be some hours. Hospital treatment involves respiratory assistance until the toxin is washed out of the body.

  • Their diet typically consists of small crab and shrimp, but they may also feed on fish if they can catch them. They pounce on their prey, paralyze them with venom and use their beaks to tear off pieces. They then suck out the flesh from the crustacean's exoskeleton.

  • Blue-ringed octopus females lay only one clutch of about fifty eggs in their lifetime towards the end of Autumn. Eggs are laid then incubated underneath the female's arms for approximately six months, and during this process she will not eat. After the eggs hatch, the female dies, and the new offspring will reach maturity and be able to mate by the next year. Like most octopuses, they have a lifespan of approximately two years.

  • The Blue-ringed Octopus lacks an ink sac and has therefore become a common addition to the marine aquarium. Toxicologists strongly disagree with this practice because of the potential danger to people who are unaware of the potentially fatal venom.