76 posts tagged Cephalopod
76 posts tagged Cephalopod
Cuttlefish are awesome but, as much as we’d like to have a little cuttlefish friend, it’s probably not a good idea to try to keep one as a pet. Thankfully we just discovered this shiny alternative that could happily live in our pockets.
Designed by Bathsheba Sculpture, this beautiful cuttlefish is made of solid steel and functions as a bottle opener. They’re also available in bronze and plastic (but without the bottle opener functionality). Click here to order.
This gorgeous, tentacular object is an American chatelaine dating back to 1887. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. They were worn by many housekeepers during the 19th century, with each
tentacle chain fastened to a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.
3D modeler Sean Charlesworth designed, printed and built this tentacular Octopod Underwater Salvage Vehicle as his thesis project for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design at NYU. Inspired by the Nautilus from Disney’s 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sean’s awesome mechanical octopus-shaped vehicle is beautifully detailed. It features LED lights and an assortment of other working features such as a functional door, hoist, latches, and opening floor panel.
"…the model was designed in CINEMA 4D Studio and different materials, types and colours were assigned to each part. The digital models were printed at the New York University Advance Media Studio on an Objet Connex500 3D Printer. The Objet Connex500 is Objet’s pioneering multi-material 3D printer featuring a large build tray size of 500 x 400 x 200mm and can print from a range of 107 different materials, with up to 14 different materials in a single part."
This incredibly awesome Octopus Chandelier is the work of Mason Parker of Mason’s Creations. The tentacular stained glass light fixture measures approximately four feet across, sports eight detachable tentacles, and can be illuminated in three different ways - using just the head, just the tentacles, or by placing real candles in the candleholders held by each curled tentacle.
Mason recently sold this particular octopoid light fixture, but don’t worry, he’s planning to make another one soon. Let’s all start saving our pennies. The finished piece sells for $18,000, so perhaps we can work out some sort of time-sharing scheme.
This awesome sculpture, depicting a big bright orange octopus hoisting a tiny diver in one of her tentacles, was created by German sculptor Katharina Fritsch in 2010. We can’t decide if this lovely cephalopod has caught the diver getting up to no good and is about to dish out some punishment, or if she’s simply trying to give the diver a better view of something fantastic that they’re watching together.
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
[via Obvious Winner]
This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.
The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.
"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”
[via Laughing Squid]
These awesome little cephalopods are Bobtail squid and they were photographed by diver and underwater photographer Todd Bretl. Todd’s stunning photos reveal the beautiful markings on the squids’ tentacular bodies and, we like to think, a bit of their respective personalities as well.
Bobtail squid primarily inhabit the shallow coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean and are closely related to cuttlefish. However they tend to have a rounder mantle than cuttlefish and have no cuttlebone. And when we describe them as little, we really mean it. The typical mantle length of a male bobtail squid measures being between 1 and 8& cm.
Here’s an awesome new addition for the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders: This incredibly wee cephalopod is a baby East Pacific Red Octopus - a very sneaky little baby, as it turns out - if it’s anything like the one discovered living in the Shale Reef exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You see, while he was found living there, he wasn’t born there:
"A baby red octopus is small enough to sleep on your fingernail. Which explains how one managed to sneak into the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a rock or sponge and stow away there for nearly a year, secretly snacking on the aquarium’s crabs, before being found.”
When he was finally discovered, it was by Security Officer Clara Nilsen, who was making her rounds when she spotted something strange on the floor. What she initially mistook for a banana peel turned out to be a healthy young red octopus. The once itty-bitty stowaway was now the size of a fist.
“We’d noticed that there weren’t as many crabs coming out at feeding time in that exhibit,” said Senior Aquarist Barbara Utter. “Now we realize that’s where they’d all been going—into the octopus’s tummy!”
So sneaky! Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium blog for the complete story.
"This little creature was less then 30mm long, but still managed to make himself look threatening! Couldn’t have been more than a few days old. Watch how the chromatophores, the pigment cells, expand and contract to change the color of the squid…fantastic!"