To hold over all of you cephalophiles until I can finish the upcoming post on the study of cuttlefish body patterns (it will be good, I promise) here’s a selection of some of the best recent cephalopod-related videos posted to Youtube:
First, the Flapjack Octopus, O. californiana. This is benthic (ocean-bottom dwelling) species of octopus found off of Japan and California (and I suspect, other places in the Pacific, even though it’s only been found off of those coasts.) It’s also probably the most awkward-looking cephalopod in existence.
Let’s take a look at some cuttlefish! This first one shows some great slow-motion footage of a cuttlefish feeding on crustaceans (well, he misses one, but gets the other.)
Here’s a very young cuttlefish (probably S. bandensis) taking a walk around its tank. In case you’re wondering, yes, it is as cute as it sounds.
Here’s the same cuttlefish (I think), a bit older, and hanging out with some coral polyps. It looks like it’s mimicking the movement of the polyps with its tentacles.
Finally, we see the cute little guy (I think it’s the same one, but I could be wrong) “begging”, a behavior that is (anecdotally) reported in many cuttlefish kept in tanks, and is folk-theorized to be related to the cuttlefish learning that people bring them food.
Thanks for reading!