Last year we shared a tentacularly awesome Octopus Hairpiece created by Australian artist Kirstie Williams (deviantARTist Deeed). Williams received such an enthusiastic response to her creation that she began taking custom orders and has since opened an Etsy shop called CuriousCephalopods where she sells custom Octopus Fascinators with luxurious ringlet tentacles that use a wig clip to securely attach to either a wig or your own hair.
CuriousCephalopods has just a couple color options in stock at the moment, but don’t fret. Williams reports that she’s got all sorts of materials on order and will soon be making more Octopus Facinators in a variety of colors. She’ll be taking specific color commissions as well.
For now you can check out previous versions Williams has made over at her DeviantArt gallery.
(not octopi octopuses is correct when referring to different species)
Blanket octopuses are a genus of pelagic (open water) octopuses that live in most tropical oceans. They get the name blanket due to the fact that the females have long webbing on their tentacles which looks like a blanket. These species exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism as the females are alot bigger than males and have the webbing, whereas males are a few centimeters long and have no webbing. This webbing is used as a defense mechanism, when a predator approaches the female she unveils her webbing making her look alot bigger. They also have the Badass property of being immune to the Portuguese man o war’s toxin and actually rip off their tentacles and use them for defensive purposes.
A steampunk-style sculpture made from raised copper and brass with glass in the Japanese technique called “Tankin.”
Ancient Minoan pottery replicas painted with cephalopod designs.
An illustration from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
A drawing of octopuses attacking a fleet of ships, depicted as fact by a French naturalist in 1803.
A highly detailed drawing of cephalopods by famed naturalist Ernst Haeckel.
Glass models of squid and octopuses by father-son team of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka.
A replica of the famous abstract work, The Birth of the Cephalopods, by Mark Rothko.
A dramatic depiction of a sea of ammonites 73 million years ago.
The intriguing yet slightly disturbing image of Contessa with Squid by Omar Rayyan.
Cephalopod tattoo art.
We also commissioned San Francisco Bay Area artist Nemo Gould to create three kinetic sculptures for “Tentacles" using found objects. Gould has transformed a jumble of junk into delightful dioramas that carry conservation messages delivered through a sense of wonderment.
It wriggles and writhes; it whispers when my back is turned. My fingertips are burned, ornaments have shattered in my hands, and madness lurks in the periphery of my vision. All more than fair payment to the Great Old Ones in order to complete this sinister project.
For the foundation of the wreath Maika followed a tutorial from retro renovation an recited a few essential eldritch incantations. Then she used hot glue to add lots Finger Tentacles, old and new Christmas ornaments and a consortium of LEGO octopuses. The finishing touch was a string of tiny green LED fairy lights that was woven in among the writhing ring of tentacles.
Does this octopus look familiar? The “flapjack octopus” is a rarely observed, deep-sea species, but you may know it better as the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it’s on exhibit now in our Tentacles special exhibition, which opened this morning for members, and tomorrow (April 12) for the general public!
These images show the flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.) in the wild, and on exhibit. We use a red light to display this species. Since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment.
Very little is known about the life history of these animals. They’re one of the cirrate octopuses – a tiny group within the overall family. We may yet discover more species in this group—with the help of MBARI. They’re helping us learn about many deep-sea species, through video observation and occasionally collecting individuals. One of the flapjack octopuses even laid eggs in our behind-the-scenes holding area. That first batch didn’t mature, but we’ll try again if any other individuals reproduce.
The deep-sea cephalopod that captured hearts recently as the “adorable” octopus is currently on exhibit in our Tentacles special exhibition!
The name “Opisthoteuthis adorabilis” isn’t official yet, but it sure is cute! Right now its name (Opisthoteuthis sp.) only reflects the animal’s genus, or family. (BTW, it’s the same family as the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo.)
Our partner research organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) collected this flapjack octopus and others last week. We’re collaborating with MBARI to better understand a species that’s new to science. Although it lives in the deep ocean, it’s not immune to the effects of human activities here on the surface.
More to learn
Very little is known about the life history of these animals. They’re one of the cirrate octopuses—a tiny group within the overall family. We may yet discover more species in this group, with the help of MBARI. They’re helping us learn about many deep-sea species, through video observation and occasionally collecting individuals.
In turn, our expertise in exhibiting cephalopods is helping MBARI further that research. It’s a great partnership.
MBARI scientists are also keeping a close eye on a batch of eggs laid last year by some of these octopuses while on exhibit at the Aquarium. So far the eggs haven’t matured, but early research on some other deep-sea cephalopods shows that egg incubation can take years. We’re happy to wait!