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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beauty + Nature: New Jewelry Line from

And we all know what creature is nature's most beautiful creation, right?


That's right! has a new line of jewelry by designer, Peggy Skemp, featuring some stunning octopus-inspired designs as pictured below.

Black Silver Tentacle Necklace, $60

Silver Tentacle Earrings, $70

Black Silver Tentacles Ring, $200

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Get Bent Metal! Handmade Octopus Lamps

In case you haven't noticed, is a gold mine for octopus goods - clothing, jewelry, plushies, housewares, you name it! What's even more amazing is that items for sale at Etsy are all handmade, and who doesn't love the uniqueness of a product handcrafted by an independent artist?! One such artist/craftsman/octolover stopped by Everything Octopus recently to share his wares with us.

Canada-based blacksmith, Brendan Duggan, has created some killer octopus lamps, which are for sale at his shop, Get Bent Metal.

The lamps sell for $1,500 (CAN) each, and while maybe not everyone can afford one, we certainly can all appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these cephalo-inspired lamps.

Check out for more metal!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Homecoming for Seattle Aquarium Octopus
February 19, 2011

SEATTLE - It's octopus week at the Seattle Aquarium and it was homecoming day for one famous resident.

"K-2" is a 57-pound female octopus, prepared for her release by aquarium biologists Saturday morning. She mated earlier this week with another octopus named Ivar.

Divers prepared to guide her to a den on the bottom of Elliott Bay.

KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner was part of the release team, rolling K2 down to divers waiting in the water, much to the delight of hundreds of spectators.

The octopus willingly went into the arms of an aquarium biologist, descending along a piling to the bottom, where she searched for a suitable den.

The aquarium will be featuring octopus activities all week, together with another release of an octopus next Saturday.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium!

For northwestern cephalophiles, the best week of the year is here! From February 19 - 27, the Seattle Aquarium will be celebrating the glory and mystery of the octopus with Octopus Week.

For the entire week, the aquarium will provide a fun learning experience about one of the coolest creatures in the Puget Sound. Events include hands-on activities, feedings, and talks. Check out for the full schedule of octorific events.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Video: Octopus vs. Beer Bottle

Whoooo lives in a beer bottle under the sea?

We have seen the amazing octopus wiggle it's way in and out of some surprisingly small spaces, yet it is always astounding to watch this special little ceph do its thang. Check out the video below to see how the skeleton-free octopus can contort its body in and out of tight spaces with grace and ease while camouflaging itself on the ocean floor.

P.S. Shame on whoever is littering the sea with beer bottles!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Beautiful Octopus Print on Antique Sheet Music

Don't you love it when two of your favorite things end up in one place? Octopus + Books + Music = LOVE!

Etsy seller, BlackBaroque features a gorgeous collection of vintage designs printed on antique sheets of music and book pages. The combination makes for some beautiful octopus art! Plenty of other creatures and images are available as well - and all at a very affordable price! Only $10 each!

Great gifts for the octolover in your life, namely YOU! Wouldn't these look lovely on your walls?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Voice of the Ocean: James Lipton Interviews Octopus About Toyota Prius

February 3, 2011

Toyota has enlisted interviewer James Lipton for some entertaining videos to try to drum up more interest in its campaign to pick the correct way of saying the plural of the Prius hybrid sedan. His interview with Randall -- "don't call me Randy" -- the talking octopus came up with, naturally, Prii. (Octopus, octopi, Prius ... we knew you'd get it.)

The deadpan Lipton is known from his gig as host of Inside the Actors Studio in which he interviews movie stars in front of an audience of acting students. The series runs on Bravo. You can see his Prius video above or by clicking here.

Actually, it's a whole series of videos in which Lipton's search takes him through a series of interviews, from William Shakespeare to a rapper to an octopus. The gag is that each interviewee picks their own favorite for the plural for saying the name of the nation's leading hybrid car. Toyota created the campaign to try to show off its permutations of the original Prius -- an all-electric version, a wagon and a smaller sporty model. All are due to hit showroom in the next year as part of the Prius "family" of vehicles.

Toyota invites votes on which version of the Prius plural is the most proper. It says it will use the most popular choice in its advertising. As of today, Prii was the favorite with 46% of the vote. You can see all the vote totals by clicking on the Toyota ad at right. Way to go, Randy, er, Randall!