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Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Cephalopodmas Contest!


In celebration of Cephalopodmas, Everything Octopus is holding a contest for our Followers. Entry is simple, and the prize is pretty rad...an Octopus Ornament, perfect for your Cephalopodmas tree or just a festive decoration for your home.


To Enter...

1) You must be a Follower of Everything Octopus. If you're not already a Follower, go to the right hand side of the page and click "Follow" under the "Follow the Octopus" headline. You'll automatically get Everything Octopus updates and be part of a ceph-loving community!

2) Comment on this post and tell us your favorite species of Octopus. Common name or scientific name, it's all good. If you really wanna' have fun with it, tell us WHY it's your favorite species.

If you're like me and need to see everything before you can pick one, then click here to see all the Species we've featured on Everything Octopus thus far.

3) In your comment, include where you want to see more octopus...maybe you want more octopus clothing, octopus jewelry, octopus lamps, octopus cars, octopus art, octopus books, octopus blankets, octopus anything! Tell us what you want more of!

***Be sure to include your email address in your comment, so that we may contact you and tell you you've WON! If your email is not included in your blogger profile (meaning that we can click on your name in the comment box to access it), then please add it to your comment.***

The winner will be selected by a raffle, meaning that if 40 people post comments, we'll randomly draw a number between 1 and 40, and the commenter that corresponds with that number is the winner.

The contest will run until Monday, December 14th, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 15th. Have fun and good luck!!!

97 comments:

dwhatley said...

I usually consider my favorite octopus species to be whichever is in residence at the time of the question. Each has something special and endearing. Currently housing two briareus and one hummelincki, I will give a slight edge to Octopus hummelincki (also known as filosus) because it has so many attributes that make it an outstanding home aquarium companion. It is a warm water species, small enough not to crowd a 55 gallon tank, has a full array of color/pattern changes and is naturally curious/friendly toward humans. If it was a large egged species, it would be the perfect home aquarist animal and could be tank raised instead of wild caught. Unfortunately, the small egg size and accompanying pelagic stage make it impossible to culture.

Since you have not done a write up on this Caribbean species yet, it would also be my request for something else to add to your blog research page.

Oh, and more jewelry is always in fashion ;>)

"D"

montyy0 said...

1) done
2) Argonauta http://tolweb.org/Argonauta
3) I like books and art, particularly. Cartoons are good, too.

Nameless Cynic said...

Wunderpus photogenicus, because I'm shallow and attracted to bright colors (and easily distracted by shiny objects, for that matter).

Octopi work well on t-shirts, of course.

My ingeniously-disguised email address is bill(underscore)minnich(at)q(dot)com

dan pinto said...

I think my favorite is the Dumbo Octopus.

I love the octopus related apparel posts. Some of the designs are really cool.

Elyse said...

Enteroctopus dofleini is my favorite because I did husbandry for one at a Marine Science Center in high school. Rambunctious and smart, he frequently broke out of his tank, ate fish in another tank, and returned during the night.

I love marine creature watercolor art and would be delighted to see prints available.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

My favorite octopod is the Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) because they were the first cephelopods that I was introduced to as a child.

As for where I'd like to see an octopus image appear -- window decals, kitchen pudding bowls, and bath rugs. :)

kim(at)kbannerman(d0t)com.

NeilB48239 said...

I'm an enthusiastic devotee of Cthuhul: He who lies "dead but dreaming" in the city of R'lyeh, a place of non-Euclidean madness presently (and mercifully) sunken below the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Ron said...

I'm a sucker for blue-ringed octopus, because anything that precisely wicked and gorgeous just makes me grin.

Earrings, more earrings! I've photographed someone's octopus art-car in Berkeley, so that's covered... a hooded octoscarf would be nifty too.

jbeaver said...

I have to say the blue ringed octopus is my favorite, because of it coloring. I actualy like other cephalopods even better than octopi, particularly the chambered nautilusand the cuttlefish. The former becauce ot its mathmaticaly perfect shell and the latter because of its extrordanary color changing abilities. I would like to see more cephalopods pretty much everywhere.
Jim Beaver

Matt said...

Followed. My favorite octopus is the Blue-ringed, mainly because it looks so damn cool. I'm a big fan of the blog, I think the videos and the octopus artwork are the best parts. Email address is mattbudnick(at)gmailDOTcom.

David said...

It's not an octopus, but I'm a fan of architeuthis, the giant squid. They're just so darned mysterious. Got corn cob holders yet?

Michael Day said...

My favorite is Thaumoctopus mimicus the shape-shifting "mimic" octopus, because it blew me away the first time I saw footage of it in action. Hadn't really thought about until now, but my kids would really like octopus stuffed animals, I suppose!

Len said...

I like the blue ringed octopus because he reminds me of a paisley shirt I once had. Great shirt, great octopus! I would like to see more octopus hats, because you can't have enough hats. And the tentacles protect you from mind control rays.

I am 172turtleATgmailDOTcom because I like turtles too!

kristen said...

There's a lot of thoughtful commentary on this thread, so I'll be the first to say, ME WANTY. That ornament is FANTASTIC.

Now that I've gotten my naked greed out of the way, I'll say that my favorite octopus is not a species but an individual - Otto, the octopus at the Sea Star Aquarium in Germany who routinely wreaks havoc on his keepers and his fellow aquarium occupants. I've tried and tried to find out what species Otto is, but alas, I can't find the info... I do know, however, that any octopus that juggles hermit crabs and short-circuits lights for fun is definitely a favorite of mine.

tp said...

Oh wow, it is way to difficult to pick one! I am glad to find the site though--cephalopods are my favorite animal! Yeah to all the other cephalophites out there. Well, if I am forced to pick, I will pick Grimpoteuthis (darn can't italicize it)!

And I love Octopods made from glass

Travis said...

Blue Ringed Octopus, for sure! So cool looking.

CKHB said...

Octopus Wolfi. I like the small.

Criggster said...

1) followed.

2) My favorite octopus species is the telescope octopus just because it looks so creepy.

3) I would love to drink my coffee out of an octopus mug.

criggster(at)hotmail(dot)com

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mewton said...

My favorite octopod is the Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) I remember watching one of these guys for what seemed like hours at the Seattle aquarium.

Meridian said...

1) Followed!

2) Favorite species is definitely the blue-ringed octopus. Because nothing that cute should be that deadly...but it is!

3) trinityvixen(at)gmail(dot)com

beachkid said...

1) Followed!

2) GPO. I like them big, smart, and orange. Plus, I'm a bit of a cold-climate creature myself.

3) Octopuses, octopuses! I'd love to seem more octopus decor: lamps, cushions, whatever; and as many new writeups as your research page can hold!

toughastheycome@gmail.com

william said...

I have to go with the giant Pacific. I've been fascinated with them since I was very young and found the short life span and die-after-breeding strategy to be quite bittersweet.

Janet said...

My favourite is the blue ringed octopus because they are so small and they kill people.

Octopus chocolate, you can't have too much chocolate! Not flavoured you understand, just shaped!

dwhatley, you can keep octopus in aquariums? Really? Don't they eat all the other occupants?

Corbie said...

My favorite is the Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens). Like me, they're natives of the Puget Sound region. Also like me, they're quite fond of beer bottles, although they prefer theirs empty and I prefer mine full (at least to start with).

They're cute, they're cuddly and, gosh darn it, people like them!

Corbie said...

Sorry--I forgot to add:

I'd love to see more octopus figurines. I'd love to decorate my home with them. Good, full-color photos/posters of them would be great, too. And octopus hats; the world needs more octopus hats. I think it would contribute to world peace.

suzwinspear said...

Has to be the Mimic Octopus! The Octpus that can pass itself off as other species - I have a recurring fantasy of highly evolved Octopuses living among us, mimicking humans so perfectly as to be undetectable, forever watching us with their fabulous Cephalopod intelligence. If the Octopuses had solved the problems of longevity and blood circulation, then humans wouldn't be the only civilisation on the planet, and Octopuses would be telling their children scary tales of these peculiar dangerous non-tentacled beings living beyond the sea.

squidmaster said...

Just adding my email to my comment above about my soft spot for the giant pacific octopus.

squidmasternow@gmail.com

an octopus lamp would be nice. With frogs.

TM said...

1) done
2) North Atlantic Giant Octopus
3) I'd like an Octopus hat that covers my ears! For the chilly New England weather!!

Gia-Lệ said...

My favorite octopus is Hapalochlaena lunulata, the blue-ringed octopus. (Hmm, seems to be a favorite here...) It's absolutely gorgeous, but venomous too.

I'm in favor of more octopus art, especially ones that have the potential to offend people's religious sensibilities. Octopus t-shirts would be great, too...and maybe large octopus pillows/plushies.

Email: gracejyuen [at] gmail [dot] com.

arumney said...

My favorite Octopus is the Bimac. I had 1 as a pet a year ago, I just wish they had a longer lifespan. His name was Admiral Nelson and he even has a youtube video of him trying to get to a shrimp that is under a glass mug I put in there. Just search octopus and Admiral Nelson to find it. They are my favorite because of how friendly and curious they are, and they don't grow large enough to be a big problem. I miss my Octopus :(
Arumney@gmail.com

Jennifer S said...

Its hard to pick a favorite but I like the giant Pacific octopus. I have much jewelry, including an octopus in scrimshaw on 10,000 year old walrus ivory. And of course a six legged octopus bath mat.

Andrew said...

Favorite octopus? if looks smart and has 8 tentacles, I love it! e.g. Octopus bimaculoides in escaping mazes.

I just love everything to do with investigating and showing off of octopus intelligence!

Seth said...

Gotta go with the North Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) purely for its size, or, failing that,the Greater Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)for its appearance. As far as merchandise goes, I want to see more t-shirts.

Street Teacher said...

I like Enteroctopus dofleini the North Pacific Giant Octopus. It's big and beatiful, and it makes for some delicious Takoyaki.
I would like to see hats. Lots of super brain sucking amazing tentacle action cephalopod hats.

Shannon said...

My favorite species of octopus is definitely the Red octopus. I collect for and care for a small educational aquarium, and the Red's are so charismatic and crafty. The do an excellent job of blending in perfectly to their surroundings but also "show off" and make themselves blatantly obvious. Curious creatures that make it simple to teach curious minds about them. They're also mildly venomous, which certainly earns cool points!

I would love to see octopus prints and jewelry... but even better - octopus dishware!

mysticete@gmail.com

hpv said...

Octopus wolfi because they're itsy bitsy.

Paula Murray said...

I love the Pacific Giant Octopus especially. But they are all clever and amazing creatures. I find them so much so that I would not eat then. (On the other hand, that's what squid is made for.)

dragonet@kc.rr.com

Weaverness said...

My favourite is the Blue Ringed Octopus, why? Because he's so badass and people are terrified of him. "Don't go into the water, there's a blue ring!" = cue everyone running out screaming (and some people going over and poking)

Anyway, I'd really like to see more octopus clothing. Bandannas, shoes, shirts with prints...even some jewellery would be nice. Things I can wear that show off our underwater friends

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Jenni Squirrel said...

Registered as daemonnoire.

I'm personally a fan of the blue ringed octopus. I love that it's so beautiful, and teeny, and utterly deadly.

Octopus clothing! Especially t-shirts.

Wayne said...

I wasn't sure which octopus to vote for until I saw that the Dumbo has webbed arms. Webbed arms! Are you kidding me?! Awesome! Like the birdmen in beastmaster:
http://www.i-mockery.com/halloween/greatest/pics/beastmaster6.

I would like to see books, art, possibly pendants.

waynerumsey@hotmail.com

Nutella Nutterson said...

Octopus Wolfi! I vote for the underdog, er cephalopod.

Toys. TOYS! Please.

DolledUpDNA said...

My fave has to be the one that is going to be tattooed on my chest :) a sea monster sized giant pacific taking down the Nautilus and it's crew...

I would like to see more urban art modern art kitchy stuff to add to the crazy clutter of my apartment!

Lindseyj@psbc.org

Philip said...

My favorite species is the dumbo octopus. Those big-ear fins are just so adorable!

I'm a fan of cephalopods inserted into famous paintings.

JPC said...

my favorite octopus is the blue ring octopus because it looks it would give really nice hugs.

sarahb said...

My favorite octopus is the mimic octopus. I like their coloring, and their special talent of imitating other species!
I would like to see more print art like lithographs, and linocuts.
-Sarah

Leslie said...

My favorite is the Mimic Octopus, because I think we have a lot to learn about the evolution of intelligent behavior from studying it.

I'd like to see more octopus tattoo pictures. There must be some great ink of 8-arms on people's arms out there!

DominEditrix said...

My favoruite? Anything my true love sends to me.

On the first day of Squidmas,/ My true love sent to me / A Doryteuthis plei

On the second day of Squidmas, /My true love sent to me /Two Spirula/ And a Doryteuthis plei

On the third day of Squidmas,/My true love sent to me / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the fourth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the fifth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the sixth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the seventh day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the eighth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Eight Argonauta hians , / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the ninth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Nine Lolliguncula, / Eight Argonauta hians , / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the tenth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Ten L. opalescens , / Nine Lolliguncula, / Eight Argonauta hians , / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the eleventh day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Eleven Pickford’s pulchella, / Ten L. opalescens , / Nine Lolliguncula, / Eight Argonauta hians , / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei

On the twelfth day of Squidmas, / My true love sent to me / Twelve Dosidicus gigas , / Eleven Pickford’s pulchella , / Ten L. opalescens , / Nine Lolliguncula, / Eight Argonauta hians , / Seven Sepia incerta , / Six O. briareus , / Five Berry Gonati, / Four Rossia, / Three Loligo ocula, / Two Spirula / And a Doryteuthis plei !

Nicole said...

My favorite octopus is the blue-ringed octopus, it's so neat! I would love to see an octopus house! Even just one.

levdiajus@yahoo.com

AmberKatt said...

My favorite is also the blue-ringed octopus. When my dad joined the navy, I was 15, and we were immediately sent off to Okinawa. Once there we were given a "Welcome To Okinawa!" booklet that had, among other things, a pictorial list of ALL THE CRITTERS THERE THAT WOULD KILL YOU. The cutest by far was the little blue-ringed octopus; the others were just snakes and fish and jellyfish and molluscs and the like.

I'd like to see octopus hats. I went to the city aquarium last month, and saw a plate-sized plushie octopus toy. Holding it gave me a very strong compulsion to buy it and wear it as a hat. Unfortunately, I was a bit short of funds.

amberkatt @ gmail dot com. (Remove the spaces, substitute "." for the "dot".)

Anissa said...

I like the wolfi because it is way cute. The pic on your website looks like it is shaking a little fist at someone (can an octopus have a fist?)

I just bought a pretty octopus necklace, and I would love to have some octopus earrings or a hair clip to match.

anissa.byrd at gmail dot com

Mouse said...

I guess I like the Mimic Octopus the best, as I love that it has taken camouflage to the next level. Using mimicry to hunt as well as hide! Brilliant!

I think you need an Octopus Stocking Cap! :)

Thoughts Rule The World said...

My favorite is the Blue-Ringed Octopus. It is gorgeous, smart and deadly...it's a trifecta!

MRRoberts said...

My favorite kind of octopus is Doctor Octopus.

One of Spider-Man's greatest adversaries, Otto Octavius was fused with his cephalopod-like robotic arms in the very same lab accident that gave Peter Parker his miraculous spider-powers. With mental control over his powers, Doc Ock routinely wreaks havoc for Spider-Man to combat.

MRRoberts said...

Also, I think a nice octopus tie would be lovely.

Jason said...

I have a very hard time picking my favorite, since I am a huge fan of them all, however, if I must pick I will pick Vampyroteuthis infernalis. While it's name translates to "Vampire squid from hell", it is not neccessarily a squid. Since it had much in common with both the Octopus and the Squid, the powers that be gave it it's own Order: Vampyromorphida.
http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/vsfh.php

I would like to see more Art and Clothing (t-shirts).

giantbluebullfrog(at)gmail(dot)com

Vidar said...

Blue-ringed octopus. It's small, cute, and since it lives around Australia, it's bloody lethal.

I think we need more cephalopod-related holidays, especially during the dearth of holidays between easter and cephalopodmas. Maybe an ink-squiring festival in mid-august.

Justin said...

I'm going to have to go with the Red octopus, as it matches my favorite color. Though there are few cephalopods that don't interest me...

I think octopi are great to find on t-shirts and in books. Well, in the wild would be nice too, but in a land-locked state, that's difficult.

Meredith said...
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Meredith said...

Hay there, just dropping in from Pharyngula to follow you guys :-)

Blue-ringed of course. Lethality & cuteness freakin' wins.

Hmmmmmmm. Maybe you should feature octopus porn? :-) Also, octopus-themed gadgets, such as that USB thing.

Shawn said...

My favorite octopus is the Dumbo octopus! Indredible that this thing exists!

Octopus jewelry is definitely where it's at ... as soon as the rappers catch wind of the awesomeness of octopus bling, it'll blow up.

yodathegreat said...

1) My fave is Hapalochlaena lunulata

2) MOAR ART

3) call_me_maestro@yahoo.com

Appalachian Woman said...

I think the Hairy Octopus is just darling! I love minatures and cute and it fits the bill!

I love the octopus jewelry esp - but the ornament is just darling and would look really cool on my husband's and mine' 1st tree.

princesstkd@yahoo.com
traci

HereticChick said...

I love the dumbo octopus. It's a cutie!
AND I'm always up for ANYthing octopus related. T-shirts, jewelry, art, you name it!. tracy dot caraker @ gmail dot com

Thanks!

KillerChihuahua said...

Greater Blue-ringed Octopus, currently, but I'm fickle. And you're asking me to choose again! More... um, octopus related things! There! Bookmarks, jewelry, clothing, and I love the ornament. An entire tree of different octopi would be neat.

oldmicah said...

Giant Pacific Octopus.. ever since I saw 20,000 leagues under the sea.... :)

Squillo said...

My son is a huge cephalopod fan, so I'm going to give you his favorite octopus:

1. Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). He got entranced when he "met" one at our local aquarium. It's usually shy, but it stayed around to bond with my kid.

He's seven, and draws a wicked good octopus.

MrAnonymous said...

vampyroteuthis infernalis, clothes that are XXXL in size because some are architeuthis than pickfordiateuthis pulchella on the internet.
heptapod@gmail.com

Amanda said...

Must agree with Vampyroteuthis infernalis!
Though technically not an octopus, it looks like one because two of its "arms" are tucked away in the mantle.

Lynne said...

My favorite species of octopus is the species that is on the ornament on this page. The reason this is my favorite species is that it's a way cool ornament. I would like to see more octopus in my living room, i.e., hanging from my tree.

Sarah said...

Honestly my favorite species changes frequently. Octopus are too cool to pick one. At the moment however I like Octopus joubini...pygmy octopus! Mostly just because I get a kick out of miniature things. But I also really like the North Pacific Giant Octopus just because I've seen one up close and the camo is so neat to watch.

I particularly like the octopus jewelry, but more Steam Punk anything is the best :)

alison said...

My favorite has to be Enteroctopus dofleini, the Moby Dick of cephalopods.

My roommate and I painted (illegally) a giant sage green and cerulean blue one on our dorm room wall, complete with papillae and suckers.

I would like to see more octopi on walls. Also, they make sweet tattoos.

Finally, I submit this for your reading pleasure.

Cthulhu fhtagn!

claire-chan said...

I personally prefer the blue-ringed octopus [Hapalochlaena lunulata] due to its poisonous quality. Besides, who doesn't like blue spots?

I would like more octopus foods, but I am also hungry at the moment. Calamari... which isn't exactly octopus from my hungered memory. Takoyaki from the Japanese culture is lovely!

Email: ClrBear430 at verizon dot net. In fact, it just recently switched. I'd better run off to update my various profiles...

elissa said...

Oh, how to choose a favorite!? I guess I'll have to say I'm pretty partial to the blue ringed octopus. Beautiful *and* deadly, ahhh. Perfection.

elissa said...

Oh, how to choose a favorite!? I guess I'll have to say I'm pretty partial to the blue ringed octopus. Beautiful *and* deadly, ahhh. Perfection.

Peggy said...

I love the Octopus Wolfi because it's pint sized. I would also like one to eat Andrew Zimmern's nose off, after he chopped and ate baby octopus while they were still alive.

SonicScrewdriver said...

The Hawaii Octopus/Octopus cyanea/He'e is my favorite. While diving one deigned to play with me. Was like a colorful, arm-y puppy and utterly delightful.
Would love to see more octopus "soft things" like blankets and pillows.

October Mermaid said...

It's pretty standard, I suppose, but my favorite will always be the Giant Pacific Octopus. It's the one I think of when I think of octopi. I even used to have a neat little toy version of it that made what was claimed to be an "octopus sound" when you pressed a button. I guess, man. They could've used any sound and I wouldn't have known the difference.

With that in mind, I'd like to see more octopus toys, but a very specific kind that'll probably never happen: little dioramas, with a toy octopus in an underwater setting. I love little microcosms like that.

E. Roman said...

I have always liked cephalopods, but my favorite species is the Mimic Octopus. The first time I read about them I thought 'Meh, they maybe imitate the sand or something like that" but then, I saw photos of them at Pharyngula, and I was impressed. They are so clever!

I really like t-shirts, they're actually the most versatile item, and also posters!

estjer(at)gmail.com

Carmen said...

I like the Pacific Giant Octopus cause I have actually seen one- granted at the Seaquarium in Seattle but, still...

I think a jewelry organizer that hangs on the wall would be super in the shape of an octopus (or even one of those many armed starfish- more room for earrings!)
I am shooting for a new ornament for the tree!
cczachorAThotmailDOTcom

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Priya said...

I'd have to go with the blanket octopus - if you're going to be seen by predators, you might as well be wearing the most confounding drapery possible!

I'd always like to see more jewelry.

zelgoodman said...

My favorite octopus has been the two spotted octopus ever since one flooded the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California. I would really like to know how these creatures think.
I would like to see more cephalopods on clothing and jewelry. especially as hats and earrings.

wyzard28 said...

My favorite octopus is one I would ofter encounter tide-pooling or scuba diving off Malibu, California, the Red Octopus octopus rubescens . I kept a small female for about a year in an aquarium. She presented us with a clutch of eggs and guarded them vigilantly for over 3 months until one day I came in and found that she had expired, still near her eggs. I loved that little gal.

She taught me much about octopus behavior. She shared her tank with a few juvenile Opaleye perch girella nigricans. Once in a while, one of the Opaleyes would take a nip at the end of one of her tenticles, to which she would respond with a blast of her syphon tube. Her color changes when she was thus irritated were amazing.

I came home from school one day to find one of the Opaleyes dead on the floor in front of the aquarium. I had no explanation for the occurrence until the next day when I returned home to find my little octopus in the process of hurling one of the remaining Opaleyes out of the aquarium. She had climbed to the surface and had lifted up one of the glass plates that formed the top of the aquarium, using several arms and a portion of her body. She had one of the Opaleyes in the secure grip of two or three of her other arms and was, I believe to this day, intending to hurl the poor fish to its doom, just like the day before. When she saw me come in, she released the fish and floated back down to her home in a little cavern I built for her with some shells and tide-pool rocks. Needless to say, the remaining Opaleyes were removed from her tank.

It was not long after these events took place, that she laid her eggs.

I would love to have a little model octopus to prop here on top of my monitor to remind me of the fondness I share for my little red octopus, and Octopi in general.

Jennifer said...

Caribbean Reef Octopus, definitely. First off, love blue. Secondly, it reminds me of Eeyore. The Mimic Octopus is just astounding though. Videos of these never get tiring.

I love the picture of the Dumbo Octopus expanding its arms. I looks like one of the ladies from Gone with the Wind, ever so flirtatiously raising her dress. I almost want to slap it for being such a tart, exposing its undercarriage like that. Cheeky little octopus.

I so want that Christmas ornament! I've always been attracted to the shiny and quirky.

thesane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alkuna said...

My favorite octopus is the mimic octopus. I've always admired species that mimic just ONE other animal, as opposed to six or seven or eight. (I like eight to stop. Eight is a number we're all comfortable with here.)

As for octopus related products, I wouldn't mind seeing octopi artistically arranged in clothing or as cute cuddly little stuffed octopi, with suckers that don't hurt and everything.

And just to be safe, alkuna[at]gmail[dot]com

Cithoge said...

1) Done!

2) Definitely the Mimic Octopus - not only does it do all of the cool things cephalopods normally do, but it also mimics other creatures! It truly is a master of disguise. Who knows, there may even be ones walking among us - I wouldn't put it past them, you know.

3) An octopus hat would be cool - or perhaps a Cthulhu-styled face-mask... anything to show my allegiance to our Tentacled Overlords.

NoRespect said...

Octopus Vulfaris, the common octopus gets my vote.

With a name like Vulgaris they need all the support they can get. And I've been accused of being common too so we have that in ummmm ... common.

mingfrommongo said...

Although my favorite is the Atlantic Pygmy Octopus, I'd like to see more octopuses in movies attacking a major city. It doesn't have to be Tokyo; maybe mutant Pacific Giants can attack San Francisco. We'd have scenes of cars being plucked from the Golden Gate Bridge and pried open like clam shells to get at the meaty bits inside. And Barry Bonds would get his comeuppance.

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Erin said...

I think my favorite octopus is the Atlantic pygmy (which I first learned about on this site!). Because, well, it's adorable!

Cephalopod things I want to see more of... Can I just say everything? Actually holiday ornaments is a good one! I certainly don't have enough octopus and squid ornaments to do a cephalopod tree.

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Essin' said...

I am so glad I found this site! Am now following on twitter :)

My favorite is definitely the giant pacific octopus. They seem almost regal to me.

I'd love to see (and own) more ceph (octopus and squid specifically) jewelry. Earrings and pendants, maybe a matching set!

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Ilse said...

wait wait! I have to re-do my entry. I forgot something.

Yes! Followed. Of course.

Also, Giant Pacific, because it reminds me of Seattle, and also the story of the one who escaped from from his tank at the Seattle aquarium. They found him making a break for it.

Finally, I want a cephalopod decal for my car window.

Pick me.

(Pssst! Hi Essin'Em!)

Maybe said...

The Octopus Wolfi!

I'd like to see more octopus art.

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smittypap said...

My favorite is Octopus paxarbolis. There is none cooler.

I'd like to see a xmas tree ornament of the elusive paxarbolis. It just seems natural.

Emma said...

I would say my favourite octopus is also the Atlantic pygmy - because I am a fan of very small things! (My favourite cat would be the cod-cod of S. America - very tiny!) Things in miniature always earn cool points!

Someone above said they'd love to see more squid ornaments, and I'd have to second that!

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SnotMaster said...

argonauta argo is my favorite octopus. i'm also a big fan of the giant pacific octopus. i'd like to see more octopus in all aspects of life: octopus art, octopus photos, octopus t-shirts, octopus cars, octopus space ships, etc.

blobfish said...

I am a follower of all things unusual in nature (yes, and things weird)and while the Dumbo (I also always liked the idea of flying elephants) has a lot going for it, my current favorite is Megaleledone setebos, I don't know if it has a common name, but this baby one is quite remarkable. Not only does it live in Antarctica, not a place i would hace guessed for and octo, but if the accompanying details are correct it makes some remarkable journeys and is the founder of many other type of octi.
see http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/censusofmarinelife2008/7

I would definitely like to see octo underwear, socks and hats.

Blob