TGIF: Genius Octopus Editionus

Why are we encouraging this behavior!! Doesn’t everyone know that in the future they will rise out of the oceans to destroy us????

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

6 Replies to “TGIF: Genius Octopus Editionus”

  1. I suppose our first line of defense would be a giant wall of glass jars with crabs inside. That ought to hold ’em for a while!

  2. I’m keepin’ two jars to paddle like hell!

    Oh man, I got claustrophobic watching the flexibility test! Ahhh, I’m stuck!!

  3. so my big question is how long until the octopus could get back out of the flask? presumably if it ate the crabs, the bits of shell wouldn’t collapse as easily as the rest of him. no?

  4. I just assumed the beak would break it up, but yes, that would take a while.

  5. So, presumably, all we would need to foil the oncoming cephalopod invasion is:

    1. A wall of glass jars with crabs inside, the jars being small enough on top that the crab-full cephalopod would not fit back through.
    2. A bunch of people to run around sealing the cephalopods into the jars.
    3. Lots of recipes for half-intelligent octopus/squid.

    It reminds me of that Winnie-the-Pooh story. Except that he wasn’t eaten in the end. But that’s beside the point.

  6. All you would have to do to prevent a cephalopod invasion is surround their habitat with astroturf, they can’t adhere and pull themselves out.

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