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Crab Story

A crab happens upon a rather unusual sight on the beach: A strange pineapple. All the crabs gather to give it gifts of food to... honor it? To keep it happy? To keep it well fed so it doesn't eat them? But what is thi...

Octopus 101: Communication, breathing, and puzzle-solving

You may know that octopuses change color to camouflage, but can these kaleidoscopic displays also communicate their "emotions?" And how do octopuses even change colors? Cephalopod aquarist Candace is back with our gia...

How is a nautilus different from a squid?

Nautiluses are amazing creatures. They've survived five mass extinctions and can learn and remember, as demonstrated in maze experiments. They're also cephalopods, but they do a lot of things differently from octopuse...

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...

How deep is the ocean?

How deep is the ocean? How far down have humans traveled and what did we find when we went there? This Tech Insider animation shows us the "vast distance between the waves we see and the mysterious point we call Chall...

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...

1000m beneath the Antarctic ice, where no human has gone before

Travel to the depths of Antarctica, 1000 meters (3281 feet) beneath the ice in a state-of-the-art submersible: The Alucia's Deep Rover. In this BBC Earth clip, we travel with marine biologist Dr. Jon Copley into the A...

Three quarters of deep-sea animals are bioluminescent

Thanks to advancing camera technology and diligent scientific research, scientists have learned that bioluminescence is not the unusual attribute that we thought it was. Researchers Séverine Martini and Steven H. D. H...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

Octopus, elephant, & human arm robot assistants from Festo

Inspired by an octopus tentacle, this OctopusGripper bionic arm can grab and hold a variety of round objects, both taking and passing it back to a human counterpart. It was designed and built by Festo's Bionic Learnin...

The male Costa’s hummingbird has a tiny octopus face

Spring is the time to nest for the Costa's hummingbirds, before the desert gets too hot. Both males and females are looking for a partner, but it's up to him to impress her. Though his back shimmers with green, it’s n...

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...

Le Petit Chef – Projection mapping with mini dinner animations

A table of four friends has ordered dinner, and look! It's already being served... by a miniature chef? He's catching the meal from a sea that's precisely mapped onto the tablecloth. This is Le Petit Chef - Bouillabai...

The Abdopus Octopus walks across dry land to hunt for crabs

Rocky tide pools are separated from each other during the low tide, making it impossible for marine creatures to escape... except for the Abdopus Octopus. In episode 6 of The Hunt, Sir David Attenborough introduces th...

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...

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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