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Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Who greenlighted this piece of dreck?

The first time I saw this trailer, I thought it was a joke, but alas, it’s an actual movie.

Even the SciFi channel would have issues with the believability of this premise.

And, as I’ve presented to you before, the SciFi network has no shame.

However, kudos to the producers for bringing together two 80s icons – Deborah Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas – who are trying to carry this off with apparently straight faces.

I present to you – Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.

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Otto the Unruly Octopus

Here at the Squirrel Queen’s palace, I’ve already documented how incredible the mimic octopus can be with its undersea camouflage and impersonations.

Now, I’ve come across another octopus tale that showcases how smart the eight-legged wonders can be.

It seems Otto, an octopus in an aquarium in Coburg, Germany, has kept the staff there on their toes in order to keep him entertained and out of mischief.

Otto was apparently bothered by a bright light shining into his aquarium and during the night was rising up onto the rim of its home in order to shoot a stream of water at the offending bulb. The water was short-circuiting the light and causing big electrical problems for the entire facility, endangering the aquatic life.

Staff at the aquarium spent three nights sleeping on the floor of Otto’s room before they caught the sea beast in the act of squirting and extinguishing the light.

Otto has also caused trouble for some hermit crabs with which he shares living space, apparently juggling them when bored.

For the full story, check out Otto’s tale at the Telegraph.

Image: zombie octopus at etsy

Eight is Enough – Cool Octopus Video

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus is relatively new on the nature scene, not getting discovered until 1998 and all.

It may not be as big as the giant frozen super squid, but it has its own charms.

The creature is an incredible impersonator and can distinguish which predator to mimic depending on the sea beast that is bugging it.

In the video, note the sudden color change during the battle with the crab. The quote below is posted with the video on youtube.

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus. This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator. For example, scientists observed that when the octopus was attacked by territorial damselfishes, it mimicked the banded sea snake, a known predator of damselfishes.

I could watch this over and over – or at least 8 times, once for each leg.