March 25, 2005

Octopuses Pretending to be Coconuts

The headline is enough to elicit the shivers: Octopuses Seen Walking From Predators.

And then, this:

"Octopuses, known for using camouflage to avoid predators, have been observed apparently trying to sneak away by walking on two arms while pretending to be a bunch of algae. "

They have the capacity to deceive. And they have eight arms with countless suction cups. Eeew.

In addition to pretending to be algae, they have also been spotted doing a coconut imitation.

Is there a word that means "horrified and delighted at the same time?" Probably in German.

If I could figure out how to upload pictures here, I'd be going photoshop crazy, and making some fab visual jokes about the inevitability of urban octopus adaptation. You know, "octopus as mailbox," "octopus as espresso machine," "octopus as Kia."

Did you know that "urban octopus" is a phrase used around the world to describe encroaching sprawl, sometimes with touchy political implications? Although the image of an octopus in a suit walking into a corporate plaza is mighty amusing.

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