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LOL, I felt the same way!
Must see video.
Everybody loves cephalopods—that class of animals containing octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish. But why? What makes these non-fluffy, non-mammals so appealing?
Last August, I attempted to answer that question in a presentation for a University of New Mexico IGERT symposium (http://www.chtm.unm.edu/incbnigert/2010Symposium.html). "Those Fabulous Octopus Brains" is a speech linking cephalopod neurobiology to cephalopod behavior, and asking what it really means to call a species "intelligent". It'll get you caught up on what we do, and don't, know about cephalopod smarts—and what studying these amazing creatures means for the future of human technology, and our understanding of the human brain.
I love cephalopods. Back in my meat-eating days, I used to love grilled octopus; nowadays I feel as if it would be like eating a cousin :-) (a smart one at that!)
Hmm, was it tender or rubbery?
It was divine, not rubbery
Convergent evolution is fascinating. There are so many different pathways to smarts. And this research helps redefine smarts and shows how consistently we underestimate non-human intelligence.
This is a very good talk and it's easy on my brain =)
I'll post it as a video so I can find it again.
C'mon, just one kiss? posted about a day ago
Live penguin cam (cool) at Seaworld (ick):
Spectacularly weird lifeform - must watch!
"It is a jellyfish, Deepstaria sp. The reticulated (net-like) gastrovascular canals seen in some views are pretty distinct for this family (Ulmaridae). The family includes the common shallow water moon jellies as well as a number or bizarre deep ocean forms. Very cool, these are known from fragmentary specimens, I haven't heard of any vids of live specimens before."
JFC, it's like a shape-shifter. I can't help but wonder what its sense of proprioception would be like, when the body is like a big giant sheet.