June 18, 2018

Cephalopod celebrities

For Cephalopod Week 2018, MBARI takes a look back at some “cephalopod celebrities”—web stories that have featured this amazing group of animals. Some of these stories are among the most popular items on MBARI’s website.


Market squid tell a tale of two krill

Apr 2, 2018 – MBARI researcher Steve Litvin is investigating the feeding habits of juvenile market squid in changing ocean conditions. It's a tale of two krill.

The curious eyes of the cockeyed squid

Feb 13, 2017 - New research findings highlight a unique visual adaptation in a deep-sea squid, the cockeyed squid, which has eyes that are grossly different in size and structure.

Cannibalism in the deep sea

Aug 31, 2016 - Cannibalism is not so unusual in the deep sea, especially for squid, but until recently the diet of Gonatus squid was largely unknown. Remotely operated vehicle observations of these squid in their natural habitat have enabled scientists to learn a great deal more about their feeding behavior.

MBARI celebrates Cephalopod Week 2016

Jun 22, 2016 - This week MBARI joins the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Science Friday, and other organizations in celebrating Cephalopod Week 2016.

MBARI celebrates Cephalopod Week

Jun 26, 2015 - For the second year in a row, MBARI has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Science Friday, the American Museum of Natural History, and other groups to present a wonderful array of cephalopod images and videos as part of "Cephalopod Week."

Vampire squid live long and reproduce often

Apr 22, 2015 - Female squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish end life with a bang. Usually, these soft-bodied cephalopods die after a single, end-of-life reproductive blaze of glory. But scientists have recently learned that one deep-red, foot-long cephalopod breaks this deadly pattern.
nanomia siphonophore

Juvenile squid avoids predators by imitating stinging jellies

Dec 10, 2014 – In the deep waters of the ocean, there are no places to hide. To avoid predators, many deep-sea animals have dark-colored, reflective, or transparent bodies. Others have evolved elaborate methods of deception.
montage of cephalopods

Celebrating cephalopods

Jun 24, 2014 – Cephalopods—squids, octopuses, and their relatives—are some of the most beautiful and intriguing animals in the ocean. During the week of June 23-27, 2014, MBARI, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Science Friday teamed up to present a wonderful array of videos and still images of these creatures.

A deep-sea squid with tentacle tips that "swim" on their own

Aug 30, 2013 – Many deep-sea animals such as anglerfish use parts of their body as lures to attract prey. Some deep-sea squids may use this strategy as well. In a recent paper, researchers associated with MBARI describe a deep-sea squid that appears to use a different method to lure prey—its tentacle tips flap and flutter as if swimming on their own.

MBARI researchers discover what vampire squids eat (it's not what you think)

Sept 26, 2012 – In the 100 years since marine biologists hauled the first vampire squid up from the depths of the sea, perhaps a dozen scientific papers have been published on this mysterious animal, but no one has been able to figure out exactly what it eats. A new paper by MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Henk-Jan Hoving and Senior Scientist Bruce Robison shows for the first time that the vampire squid uses two thread-like filaments to capture bits of organic debris that sink down from the ocean surface into the deep sea.

For additional information or images relating to this article, please contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
831-775-1835, kfb@mbari.org