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, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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