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Cephalopod Awareness Days: Searching for Cephalopods

October 8, 2013

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Photo of some cephaolopods in the Naturalist Center. On left is a clear plexiglass box with a cut chambered nautilus inside. In the center is a brown fossil ammonite. On the right is a brown and whites striped chambered nautilus. Photo by Trsh Weavern

Some cephalopods in the Naturalist Center. Left: cut chambered nautilus in plexiglass. Center: fossil ammonite. Right: model of a chambered nautilus. Photo by Trish Weaver

Greetings Blogophiles! Happy Cephalopod Awareness Days!!! I sincerely hope your celebrations are off to a tentacular start. Today (October 8) is Octopus Day so it’s serendipitous that before I get focused on today’s blog, there is some excellent news to report about an octopus conservation effort. As of October 6, the state of Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Department has banned the recreational harvest of Pacific Octopuses at seven popular diving sites in Puget Sound. Woo hoo! In support, please feel free to wave your tentacles with great abandon.

Photo of Preserved octopus in jar. Found in the Nature's Explorers Hall. Photo by Trish

Preserved octopus in jar. Found in the Nature’s Explorers Hall. Photo by Trish Weaver

Back to blogging…Last week as I was sitting around my office thinking about cephalopods and bemoaning the lack of live octopuses in my…

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