by Trish Weaver
Originally posted on Research & Collections:
Greetings blogophiles! It’s October and that can only mean it’s almost time for International Cephalopod Awareness Days (ICAD), Woo Hoo! What? You weren’t aware of them? You should be. Though not an event sanctioned by any governing body, Cephalopod Awareness Days were established in 2007 by members of TONMO, The Octopus News Magazine Online forum. We here at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences have no events planned in conjunction with Cephalopod Awareness Days, but as a person who studies cephalopods, I feel it is my duty to make people aware of them. For the next week, I will be taking a break from my usual posts about my big Cretaceous squid project to write some general posts in celebration of ICAD.
Okay, so now you’re aware of ICAD, and you’re thinking hey, I like cephalopods, how do I celebrate? Are there guidelines? Why October 8th-12th? October 8th was chosen for appreciating those intelligent invertebrates with a combination of 8 or 10 appendages. Octopuses have eight arms while squid and cuttlefish have eight arms and two tentacles. So the powers that be chose the eighth day of the tenth month. Because cephalopods are so blasted interesting, four more days were added to the celebration.