By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 9:40 am Thu, Dec 15, 2011
Floating just below the surface of the water near Italy's Mt. Vesuvius, an octopus suns its head lump in this National Geographic Picture of the Day.
Thanks Maggie Fitzgibbon!
Please move before you become calamari!
“head lump”!? Hilarious!
What a beautiful image. At first I thought it was a painting.
I was going to say the exact thing – looks almost unreal, it’ s fantastic.
Imposing human weakness on animals. Come on he doesn’t need sunscreen. He’s going to live about two years. He’s never going to get skin cancer. Let him sun himself and not worry about sunscreen.
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and videos showing how amazing octupus/octopuses/octopi are and it kind of bums me out that they only live 6-24 months. Apart from their amazing camouflage, ability to squeeze through tight spaces, shoot ink, shoot a water jet, and inject venom; they are incredibly smart AND they are reasonably capable OUTSIDE of water!
It makes me wonder if their brains’ potential could develop further if they had longer lifespans. (I obviously don’t have a clue if this makes any sense from a scientific stand point).
Lucky for us! If they lived much longer, they’d surely team up with the cuttles and enslave humanity.
“Octo Surprise”: http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=170
i for one welcome our new cephalopod overlords.
Hee hee. Lump.
You should know better than to call that a head lump. How mammal of you.
It’s just a small case of mantle gas (or “the suds” as the Nickelodeon™ crowd would term it). ..probably had some sea beans for lunch.
This is the beginning of the end. Pretty soon they will be walking on land and enslaving humanity!
That octopus needs to move its garden to the shade.
“Octopus garden in the sun” makes so much more sense from a horticultural perspective, doesn’t it?
The mantle “lump” isn’t the “head” of the octopus. It contains the guts, heart, and gonads. The head’s the part between the tentacles and the mantle.
I’m mostly amazed at how clear the water is.
And how still the surface is. Almost the way it would look if an aquarium tank had a large photo of the Italian coastline pasted to its back wall, and a photo was taken through the glass from in front.
Holy perspective Batman. Am I the only one who thought that was a giant octopus masquerading as an island to lure unlucky boaters?
See also: Lusca from City of Heroes.
you know what’s most amazing? not a single cthulhu reference.
It’s an outrage… as Tony Harrison would say.
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