As I promised in the title, here are some baby octopodes (Octopus rubescens, the east Pacific red octopus, to be exact.) These guys are so small that you can see the individual chromatophores on them (the reddish spots)!
For comparison, here’s a photograph of an adult O. rubescens, graciously provided to the world by Taollan82:
Those little buggers have quite a bit of growing to do!
Moving on: “Sharktopus”, the long-awaited film about a Navy-engineered half-shark half-octopus monster, airs tonight on Syfy. Not having a TV, I won’t be watching, but it looks pretty incredible. Check out the trailer:
Two things I noticed: first, whoever performed that theme song deserves lots of credit – it makes the preview. Secondly, Sharktopus seems to have an appetite for skinny women in bikinis. You’d think that, being a presumably efficient predator, it would be attracted to prey with more body fat (eg. prey that would yield a higher calorie intake to expenditure ratio,) and it seems like there’s no danger that a large person could hurt it – but it still almost exclusively goes after skinny beach babes. How could the producers fail to consider the probable features of Sharktopus’s energetics? They must not be biology geeks.
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