Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I've got exciting things in store for my fellow cephalophiles and need your help to bring this vision to life! Entering this contest will support Everything Octopus greatly AND give you a chance to win a FREE print from UrbanOctopus.com.
To Enter the Everything Octopus Thanksgiving Contest...
1) You must be a Member of Everything Octopus. If you're not already a Member, go to the right hand side of the page and click "Join This Site" under the "Fellow Cephalophiles" headline. You'll automatically get Everything Octopus updates and be part of a fun ceph-loving community!
2) Fill out the Everything Octopus Reader Survey. It takes less than 60 seconds! All info will remain anonymous and confidential.
3) Once you have become a member and completed the survey, leave a comment on this post. It can say anything you want! 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 50 people post comments, we'll randomly draw a number between 1 and 50, and the commenter that corresponds with that number is the winner.
The contest will run until Thursday, November 22nd, and the winner will be announced on Friday, November 23rd. Have fun and good luck!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to give thanks to the awesome readers who make EverythingOctopus.com the fun cephalophile hub that it is. You guys n gals rock! Check back tomorrow for details on how YOU can win a FREE octopus print from UrbandOctopus.com!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I had already thought the art was fantastic...then I saw the octopus!
About Urban Octopus
It's a simple equation: Energy + Creativity = Urban Octopus
We believe that the true power of art is its ability to push the mind into a state of wonder. Our designs are created with the intention of carrying the viewer into that state of mind.
We hand-print (silk screen) our artwork only onto the highest quality garments so you can enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy creating them.
In addition to these cool octopus-inspired designs, there are tons of other awesome prints available on posters, t-shirts, hoodies, onesies and more!
Find your soul within the mind of the octopus
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Originally posted at hmsc.oregonstate.edu
Evidence for octopus intelligence abounds: the leggy invertebrates can use tools, solve problems, and display remarkable curiosity. But now aquarists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center in Newport have found a way to allow Squirt, their resident octopus, to express his artistic creativity as well.
“While a painting octopus is very entertaining and captures our imaginations,” explained Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, aquatic vet for Oregon Sea Grant, “the real purpose behind this activity is to provide behavioral enrichment for these very curious and intelligent animals.”
The Giant Pacific Octopus has been a centerpiece at the HMSC Visitor Center since 1965. Generations of visitors have fond remembrances of seeing the octopus for the first time. “The octopus holds a very special place in the hearts of our visitors” said Becca Schiewe, Volunteer Coordinator for the Visitor Center. “Coming face to face with such an intriguing and intelligent animal opens people up to learning more about the wonder and mystery of the ocean.”
The octopus will create one painting a week during the month of October, designated by the Visitor Center as Octopus Month. By making an additional donation to the Visitor Center Octopus fund, visitors will be entered into a weekly drawing for Squirt’s paintings and other prizes each week, including marine themed art from local artisans, and an “up close and personal” octopus encounter at HMSC.
Drawings will occur each Saturday in October. October 20th will be a special day to celebrate all things octopus and will include children’s activities, face painting, special guest speakers, and an octopus feeding at 1 pm.http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/octocam.
The mission of the HMSC Visitor Center is to interpret ocean science and the latest Oregon State University marine research. The Visitor Center features displays about local marine research and the marine environment, including aquaria, touch tanks, and hands-on activities. A range of special events is scheduled at the Center throughout the year. For more information, go to http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor.
Be sure to visit Hatfield MarineScience Center's OctoCam to keep an eye on what Squirt is up to!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Hello, my name is Ele. I am currently based in my home town Carnforth, Lancashire. I completed my degree in metalwork and jewellery at Sheffiled Hallam University. I am an artist, designer maker specialising in metalwork and jewellery, my pieces being a crossover of both worlds.
I like to create objects that can be admired as pieces of sculptural art but which can also be worn and intereract with the body. My work is theatrical, bold and interactive and would lend itself to a catwalk or performance scenario. I work predominately in silver or brass, enjoy combining metals and other materials and use hand skills as well as some engineering. I am inspired by natural form, history, surrealism, storytelling and the Steampunk aesthetic, combining old and new. I try to incorporate a kinetic element to suprise and entertain the wearer/viewer.
Please visit Ele's site, EleMaudsleyDesign.com to see more of her tentacular creations.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Octopuses have two main methods of inking. The first type is the one with which we are most familiar. The octopus will squirt a large cloud of ink, then make a quick getaway, leaving behind a predator befuddled by the inky smokescreen. Sometimes though, the octopus will release several small clouds of ink approximately the same size as the octopus itself meant to be pseudomorphs or "false bodies" that serve as decoys to confuse the predator. What's interesting is that the composition of these smaller ink "bodies" differs from that of one large ink cloud as they contain greater amounts of mucus, thereby allowing them to hold their form longer while the octopus - or cephalopod - escapes.
This method, commonly referred to as "blanch-ink-jet maneuver", is so effective a variety of species have been witnessed attacking the false bodies.
Wait - it gets better! There is some evidence to suggest that certain chemical compounds found in octopus ink actually suppress or disable certain predators' chemosensory systems, leading scientists to believe that octopus ink is much more than a mere smokescreen.
Cephalopod ink has been shown to contain several chemicals with some varieties depending on the species. The primary components are melanin and mucus. Tyrosinase, dopamine and L-DOPA, and small amounts of amino acids, including taurine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, alanine and lysine are also known constituents of octopus ink.
While there is still much research to be done, recent evidence suggests that cephalopod ink is toxic to tumor cells.
We have a long way to go to uncover the many mysteries shrouding the octopus, so please join us as we continue to explore and celebrate everything octopus.