80 posts tagged Tentacular
80 posts tagged Tentacular
Artists Amy L. Rawson and Brian East (previously featured here) have returned with an all new awesome and eldritch Santa Cthulhu creation. We’ve loved the previous incarnations, but this year they’ve outdone themselves my painstakingly crafting an 11” tall needle felted Santa Cthulhu who rides in a gorgeous Oct-Sleigh that’s pulled by the dreaded Shoggoth. Santa Cthulhu travels with a fishnet sack overflowing with writhing tentacular gifts.
Amy and Brian’s Needle Felted Santa Cthulhu with Shoggoth and Octi-Sleigh is a one-of-a-kind creation and is currently available to purchase via Amy’s Etsy shop.
Click here for more photos and details. Cthulhu fhtagn.
[via Amy L. Rawson]
Behold one of the most awesomely tentacular sights ever captured on video. You may think you’re looking at an alien, but this is an extraordinarily rare glimpse of a deep-sea cephalopod known as the Bigfin Squid from the family Magnapinnidae. It was caught on camera in 2007 by a Shell Oil Company ROV at a depth of 2386 meters (roughly 1.5 miles) at the Perdido oil drilling site down in the Gulf of Mexico. This fantastic image is a composite created using the haunting ROV video footage. (Click here to watch the original video.)
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them.
They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
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.
If you enjoy this video as much as we did, check out the rest of Ze’s awesome True Facts video series.
Reblogged from zefrank
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]
Even monsters of unspeakable ancient evil were cute little babies once. Cassia Harries of Monster Mind Sculpts created this utterly adorable Baby Cthulhu figure. He’s the first piece in her forthcoming Little Monsters Collection.
"He’ll steal your heart and your soul."
While this precious little embodiment of cosmic evil is a one of a kind hand-sculpted figure, Cassia has cast the sculpture in order to create more so that the rest of us may soon purchase a wee baby Great Old One to
worship enjoy at our mortal peril.
Head over to Cassia’s Facebook page to check out more of her handmade creations.
Today we learned that marine biologists and curators at the Monterey Bay Aquarium figured out how to successfully incubate cuttlefish eggs: by using soda bottles, netting material, plastic tubing, and silicone glue. Their method is ingenious and, yes, completely awesome:
A Better Bubbler
How do you incubate cuttlefish eggs behind the scenes in preparation for our forthcoming “Tentacles” special exhibition? You could, at a cost of hundreds of dollars, buy commercial incubators. But that would be too easy. Plus, Aquarist Bret Grasse figured he could create something just as good as the store-bought jobs.
For $2.50 and “a day in the life of one volunteer,” he makes a better bubbler out of soda bottles, plastic tubing and silicone glue. It looks like mad science, but it works. To date, he’s produced hundreds of baby cuttlefish for exhibit using the system.
The First Step: Drink the Soda
Bret and his husbandry colleagues have been working on this fabulous fizzer for about four years. The challenge is to “get the greatest number of healthy hatchlings” from a given clutch. He could let nature do its job, by having the cuttlefish mom rear the little ones. But ironically, this doesn’t always achieve the best outcome, says Bret. The mom sometimes forgets where she left the clutches, or neglects them. Plus, removing the eggs and raising them separately allows mom to focus on what she does best: laying more eggs.
The first step in making the world’s best egg bubbler is the easiest: drink the soda. That done, Bret cuts the bottle in half, and affixes a small screen between the two pieces. The bottom end, where the cap used to be, also has a screen. Then the whole thing is submerged. Next, a tube injects air into the top half of the bubbler, drawing water oh-so-gently up through the whole device, and aerating the eggs with the perfect fizziness—not too much, not too little.
A Cuttlefish the Size of a Pea
While the cuttlefish eggs do their dance in the bubbler, Bret watches and waits. Eventually, the faintest trace of a baby cuttlefish appears in the egg, and an eyespot. When they finally hatch, they’re the size of a pea. The whole thing takes only a few weeks. The baby cuttlefish can then go on exhibit, where they reach their three-inch full grown size in about three months.
So far, the bubblers have been used for pharaoh, flamboyant and dwarf cuttlefish, but more species are being considered as we get closer to the launch of the new exhibit April 12.
“We’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to experiment with these techniques,” says Bret. “It not only helps us produce animals for exhibit, but it plays into our conservation mission, by reducing pressure on wild stocks.
“It’s a dream come true for me, Chris Payne and Alicia Bitondo,” says Bret. “We couldn’t be happier to work with these animals and do this kind of troubleshooting.”
Plus, the soda is free.
Reblogged from montereybayaquarium
One of our favourite Halloween season traditions is running around a corn maze. This tentacular kraken maze is located in Lodi, Wisconsin at the Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. The maze covers a whopping 15 acres and the corn plants have grown to a height of 10 feet. If visitors are brave enough, they can even try solving this massive maze in the dark.
Trienen Farm also offers horse-drawn hayrides, a 14 acre pumpkin patch with over 15 varieties of pumpkins, a tractor tire playground, Molehill Mountain double tube slides, corn pit, farm animals, and tasty fall foods. We wish we could go explore it all right now.
[Photos via the Treinen Farm Facebook Page]
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]
Multidisciplinary Belgian artist Olivier Senny, who goes by the name Olsen, created an awesome series of pieces that are part painting, part sculpture.
Entitled Les Evadés du Plakadre, this mischievous series depicts cartoonish characters who’ve manage to at least partially escape from the confines of their 2D canvases and interact with our 3D world.
Visit Olsen’s website to check out more of his playful artwork.