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The Festo BionicFinWave, an autonomous underwater robot

The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called...

The Cephalopod Empire in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Bret Grasse lovingly calls the Cephalopod Operations division at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts the “cephalopod empire.” The lab houses roughly 2,000 to 3,000 cephalopods—likely th...

A twisted squid, as seen by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer crew

This twisted squid was, at first, hard to identify because of its unusual, Nautilus-like folded pose, but the NOAA Okeanos Explorer expedition crew was able to get a better look from a different angle. The footage, ta...

A bioluminescence expert catches a jumbo squid on camera for Blue Planet II

How do you catch sight of a jumbo squid deep underwater? Travel down in a submersible, use red light to see—most deep-sea creatures can't see red light—and then, to attract larger predators, flash the 'SOS' light patt...

An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it s...

Cephalopod aquarists film tiny chambered nautilus hatchlings

After incubating over 150 nautilus eggs for more than 14 months, Monterey Bay Aquarium cephalopod aquarists are filming these tiny, fully-formed baby chambered nautiluses as they hatch in the aquarium's behind-the-sce...

Squid: Coming to Life, captured in microscopic detail

From a 'pearl' filled with dividing cells to hatchlings with color-shifting skin, watch as these very small cephalopods grow up under a microscope. The film, Squid: Coming to Life, was created by evolutionary and deve...

Nautilus Live surprises a Translucent Cockatoo Squid

During an August 2017 exploration of Quinault Canyon off the coast of Washington State, Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus explorers witnessed a translucent cockatoo squid for just over a minute. Watch video of the enc...

Pharaoh cuttlefish expertly mimic hermit crabs

Camouflage is common in cephalopods like squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish, but these pharaoh cuttlefish, hatched in a lab for a University of Ryukyus study led by Kohei Okamoto, camouflage in a surprising way: They pr...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

Born Like Stars: An egg-brooding squid and its hatchlings

In this archive video captured by Tiburon, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), we see the first footage of baby squid being hatched into the deep sea -- their n...

The Amazing Shapes of Ammonites

Now extinct, ammonites are abundant, prehistoric sea molluscs that first appeared in the fossil record around 240 million years ago. The images of ammonites that we often see in museums and books are planispiral-shape...

The case of the green-eyed squid

What happened when a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) submersible shined a blue LED light on Histioteuthis heteropsis, a strawberry squid with one small eye and one giant yellow-green eye? File under f...

I, Octopus – Science Friday

With thousands of chemically-sensitive suckers, color-changing skin, and a brain that literally stretches when they eat, octopuses seem like aliens living in our oceans. Understanding their physical adaptations and ho...

An octopus that makes quicksand for a quick escape

The southern sand octopus can make a quick escape by making its own quicksand. How? It shoots jets of water into the sand grains, separating them into an almost fluid state, and allowing the octopus to burrow. There u...

Divers may have discovered the largest squid egg mass ever seen

A group of divers discovered a "car-sized ball of squid eggs" at 22 meters (72 feet) deep off the coast of Turkey. From RR Helm at Deep Sea News, who has a lot of excellent information about the find: Lutfu Tanrio...

Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

Studying the deep sea octopus Opisthoteuthis “Adorabilis”

From Science Friday's The Macroscope, Post Doctoral Researcher Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) introduces us to a tiny Opisthoteuthis deep-sea octopus, a creature that's in the s...

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