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Monday, February 27, 2012

Octopus Symposium & Workshop at the Seattle Aquarium!!!

Last week was Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium. Locals had a opportunity to learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the Giant Pacific Octopus. There were daily hands-on activities, octopus feedings, and even a live ocotpus release.

If any Everything Octopus readers paid a visit to the Seattle Aquarium last week, please let us know how it was. You can email me pictures at to be shared with our ceph-loveing community.

Be sure to save the date for the upcoming Octopus Symposium and Workshop at the Seattle Aquarium.

Octopus Symposium & Workshop Presentations and Speakers

Is the GPO the octopus archetype?
Jennifer Mather, University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta, B.C.)

Temperature, movements, and anesthesia of giant Pacific octopuses.
David Scheel, Alaska Pacific University (Anchorage, AK)
David Scheel’s student, Alaska Pacific University (Anchorage, AK)

Escaping the Kraken’s Grasp: A Sponge-Scallop Mutualism Possibly Maintained by Octopus Predation
Kirt Onthank, Washington State University (Pullman, WA)

Evidence for inter-sucker coordination during different arm movements in the giant Pacific octopus
Stavros Hadjisolomou

Preliminary results of population genetics analysis of Giant pacific octopuses in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia
Shawn Larson, Seattle Aquarium (Seattle WA)

The Legacy of Olive
Guy Becken, Seattle Aquarium (Seattle WA)
Kathryn Kegel Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)

Close relatives of the giant Pacific octopus
Ian Gleadall, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan)

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