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Monday, November 30, 2009

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

Sounds like a "must read" to me! Isn't the cover art great?!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Very Colorful Octopus Rug

I stumbled upon this gorgeous octopus rug by way of

Talk about a statement piece! It was handmade by French artist, Nathalie Lete. Check back soon for more handmade octopus beauties for your home from Ms. Lete!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Video: California Two-Spot Octopus Hunting at Night

The video below demonstrates the uniquely friendly temperament of the California Two-Spot Octopus as well as showcases it's wonderful hunting skills and much more. Watch and listen as Dr. James Wood, Director of Education, at Aquarium of the Pacific follows the California Two-Spot Octopus thorugh the tide-pools of Catalina Island.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Octopus Wall Hook (Add it to Your Christmas List!)

I love this little guy, soon-to-be available at Target.

Pickup line at the seafood disco: Hey, Leggy, you'll fall for me, hook, line, and sinker. Once you catch your breath, consider this powder–coated steel sea fellow hook for your wall. Now, did you hear the one about the…

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Random Octopus: Roadside Octopus in Malibu

I don't know if it's just me or if this is a blessing bestowed to cephalophiles everywhere - I keep finding random octopuses! By Random Octopus, I mean this: I'll be going through my day, going about by business, and then BAM! I find an octopus (sometimes in the most unusual places)...and it always brings a smile to my face.

The first Random Octopus that caught my attention was this big guy...

It's a giant stuffed animal octopus, and it was perched atop an entry gate at the end of someone's driveway on PCH in Malibu.

Random Octopuses for everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Octopus Drawer Pull

These little guys are perfect for revamping an old dresser or adding a bit of personality to a sleepy kitchen!

Product Description

Do you love octopuses and the sea? Building a home by the sea or outfitting your yacht and want it to have that unique ocean theme? Then this is a must-have for your cabinet drawers! Fully 3-dimensional and anatomically correct, it is even a pleasure to touch and feel the hundreds of suckers on the underside of this piece every time you open a drawer. This little octopus is accurately reproduced from nature and is painstakingly hand carved
Comes with a standard 1 1/4 inch mounting screw plus an adjustable-length mounting screw.

Made in the USA of genuine pewter.

weight: 41.5g
size: 4.0cm

These adorable octopus drawer pulls are available at for $12.95 each.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Species: Bimac Octopus or California Two-Spot Octopus

The Octopus Bimaculoides, also called Bimac Octopus, or simply Two-Spot Octopus gets its name from the false eye spots under each eye. In California Two-Spot Octopuses, the eye spots are an iridescent blue chain link circle set in a circle of black located on the side of the head.

This species reaches a mantle size of 7 inches (17.5 cm) and arms to 23 inches (58 cm). They're not usually heavily textured and has several common colors, such as grey with yellow splotches.

The habitat of the California Two-Spot Octopus is intertidal and benthic-from the low tide zone to subtidal depths of about 20 meters (65 ft). They prefer sandy substrate and caves of rock or debris to hide in and can tolerate a wide temperature range (at least 60-80F);though they prefer 65-72 F.

California Two-Spot Octopuses eat a varied diet of clams, mussels, small crabs, crayfish, snails. Hatchlings feed on amphipods or mysid shrimp.

Due to their friendly temperament and relative hardiness, they are considered by most experts to make the best pet octopus. Bimacs usually live to be about two years old. They are closely related to Verrill's Two-Spot Octopus, also known as Octopus Bimaculatus.

If you happen to be in the Southern California area, you can see a California Two-Spot Octopus for yourself at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Vanishing Octopus!

Wow - it has been too long since this site has seen some good ol' fashion octo-action! While I was up to my tentacles in a messy divorce, I let Everything Octopus fall by the wayside. Sorry to my fellow cephalophiles for the interruption in the exploration and celebration of everything octopus.

The good news is that your faithful cephalo-servant has returned with a slew of new ideas to make Everything Octopus bigger and better! Be sure to swim by this week for your first peek at some of our new features, including "Random Octopus" and some great holiday octopus posts.

Thank you and be well!