Coelacanth Swag and Cephalopod Mimicry, Sex, and Walking


One of my greatest friends ever sent my a unexpected but welcome gift in today’s mail.  Yes, my love can be bought.  I know the new proud owner of a Diced Coelacanth can label from Etsy seller FishFuud.  But the new pride of marine swag collection is the coelacanth handkerchief I got made by Bunaken Island Handy Crafts. Bunaken is located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. As you may remember from my coelacanth post, a new species of coelacanth was described from Indonesia. Christine Huffard as been working with Conservation International for the last few years on marine conservation through Indonesia. You probably know here work quite well.  It’s cool stuff on the evolution of mimicry in octopods, like camouflaging themselves as flatfish, the complexity of octopus sex, and octopus bipedal walking while hiding in a coconut (video below). Yes with coelacanth and octopus coolness all here together this may be the most epic post I ever written.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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