If you’re well-studied in all matters octopus, perhaps this video will not surprise you. But for many of us, I imagine watching a giant octopus ooze across dry land is lowkey batshit.
Scientists have puzzled over the taxonomy of the Hyolith for 175 years. Persistence and organic tissue finds have finally won the day.
On Valentine’s Day, the octopuses at the Seattle Aquarium are typically afforded the opportunity to get a little nasty — so long as they don’t mind a gaggle of human voyeurs. But this year, there was no octo-sexing, for fear of coital cannibalism.
Popular Science writer Rose Pastore spent three weeks watching a live feed from a submersible in the Gulf of Mexico, and she's turned her most fascinating finds into a series of gifs.