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February 8, 2013 7:22 AM   Subscribe

Little Octopus Climbing Over That Rock! [slyt] [via]
posted by quin (29 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, that makes me hungry!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:25 AM on February 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Meh. Wake me when he's riding on a pig.
posted by The Bellman at 7:30 AM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh man the way the tentacles sort of slide off the rock and then dangle there like purplish vines is kinda disturbing
posted by angrycat at 7:37 AM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Getcher water little guy. Watch out for seagulls!
posted by rocketpup at 7:51 AM on February 8, 2013


What is with this trend for videos with a song that describes what is happening in the shot, incredibly cheerfully? Is this the future of news?
posted by The River Ivel at 8:02 AM on February 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pretty cheerful song considering that critter is thinking the octopus equivalent of "bloody hell, get me back in the water, STAT".
posted by PuppyCat at 8:02 AM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


The River Ivel: God, I hope so.
posted by Mooseli at 8:09 AM on February 8, 2013


This probably belongs in the "things I only realized very late in life" thread, but can octopuses absorb oxygen both from the water and the air? 'Cause if that's the case, there's nowhere for us to hide.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:15 AM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


So this is the Hamster on a Piano guy. I like what he does.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:21 AM on February 8, 2013


Is this the future of news?

God, I hope so!

♫Hey look it’s Kim Jong-un, he’s just launched a missile at Tokyo! And now over to Jim with sports!♫
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:30 AM on February 8, 2013


Thank God they showed him getting back to the water safely or I would have been wracked with anxiety all day. Somehow the song made it worse too.
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:32 AM on February 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


benito.strauss: "This probably belongs in the "things I only realized very late in life" thread, but can octopuses absorb oxygen both from the water and the air? 'Cause if that's the case, there's nowhere for us to hide."

Beware then the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
posted by namewithoutwords at 8:39 AM on February 8, 2013 [7 favorites]


Is this the future of news?

The present of news, more like.
posted by aught at 8:47 AM on February 8, 2013


It does lack the panache of "Baby Monkey Riding On A Pig", but I think it outshines "Chimpanzee Riding On A Segway" in its pure hopefulness.
posted by briank at 8:52 AM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


SciAm story.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:00 AM on February 8, 2013


That made me want vacation now.
posted by sweetkid at 9:11 AM on February 8, 2013


Man they have big spiders in Santa Barbara.
posted by mazola at 9:13 AM on February 8, 2013


This is better than most Perry Gripp. It's up there with Baby Monkey and "Lazy Harp Seal Has No Job" as about the best you can get out of autotuned narrating animal videos.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:13 AM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


The present of news, more like.

Ghost of News future. Teaching us the error of our ways.
posted by RollingGreens at 9:15 AM on February 8, 2013


I don't care how chipper you make the music, that's still giving me nightmares.
posted by straight at 9:50 AM on February 8, 2013


Octopi are beautiful creatures - this was transfixing for me. Whoever did the LAME LAME LAME song on top of it should just not do that anymore.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 10:06 AM on February 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


From benito.strauss' Scientific American link, emphasis mine:
“Crawling along out of water is not uncommon for species of octopus that live in the intertidal or near shore,” Finn says. Wood has seen several different species of octopuses getting around this way in the course of his research. As he points out, however, most species of octopuses are nocturnal, so we humans are less likely to catch them creeping out of the ocean.
The image that conjures up of countless octopuses creeping about --- out of the ocean onto the shore, over rock and sand, coming ever closer in the night, in the dark --- is partly AWESOME and partly the thing of Lovecraftian nightmares.

But mostly AWESOME.
posted by Elsa at 10:47 AM on February 8, 2013 [8 favorites]


It always disturbs me when I see a slimy thing with tentacles that might be smarter than me.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 11:45 AM on February 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Is it octopus or jellyfish that are rapidly becoming the only sustainable sea catch? And is that because of global warming or overharvesting of the prey/predator base or something else? I'm kinda hoping that octopus come out on top, I find them cute and smart, almost datable. And I've been stung enough times by various species of jellyfish to never want those little blobs of amorphous pain anywhere near me.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 1:00 PM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is it octopus or jellyfish that are rapidly becoming the only sustainable sea catch? And is that because of global warming or overharvesting of the prey/predator base or something else? I'm kinda hoping that octopus come out on top, I find them cute and smart, almost datable. And I've been stung enough times by various species of jellyfish to never want those little blobs of amorphous pain anywhere near me.

Sorry, but octopi also bite.

I kinda share your sentiment. I just wanted one of them to just climb all over me. Weird, I know.
posted by kurosawa's pal at 1:22 PM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


benito.strauss: "This probably belongs in the "things I only realized very late in life" thread, but can octopuses absorb oxygen both from the water and the air? 'Cause if that's the case, there's nowhere for us to hide."

Like most (all?) molluscs, octopus can breathe in the air as long as their gills remain wet. If they dry out, they die. Unlike snails and slugs however, octopus don't have the ability (as far as I know) to continually produce mucus with which to wet their gills, nor can they close up in a shell like bivalves. Therefore, being out of the water is a pretty risky proposition for an octopus.

But yeah, they can breathe on land at least for a little while.
posted by Scientist at 3:37 PM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sorry, but octopi also bite.

Oh, I've been bitten twice by little octopuses, both times in the white water zone during surfing. I figured they were completely befuddled by being run through the washing machine and grabbed onto my calves for some sort of anchor. And I reached down reflexively to try and brush/pull the unknown creatures from my legs. Which makes them ink, which kinda makes you think you're bleeding, so you pull harder, then they bite. Both bites were smaller than a dime and healed cleanly after disinfection and a tetanus shot in one case.

But those were seriously love bites (teehee) compared to even the mildest jellyfish stings I've endured. Seriously, fuck those things. They're the hornets of the marine world, serving no purpose except to sting me repeatedly, for no reason whatsoever. Well, maybe they're better than hornets, if you can get your friend to believe that urine will stop the stinging and you get them to beg you to pee on them. Always a good time.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 4:16 PM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


I like to imagine that the song came first, and they couldn't believe their luck when they saw...
posted by ShutterBun at 9:56 PM on February 8, 2013


This is better than most Perry Gripp

The pinnacle of Mr. Gripp's work is clearly the Song of the Week for January 27, 2009, Last Train to Awesometown, which is a perfect expression of ludic ecstasy.

The person who can sit unmoved through the 'five different nachos?!' call and response has no soul or sense of joy.
posted by winna at 3:43 PM on February 15, 2013


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