Friday Videos Love Octopuses

While flying home from Australia, I watched a documentary on the octopus, which is one of the smartest and most interesting animals on earth. Seriously, I have a thing for the octopus now. 

I found this on my personal Facebook feed: a marine biologist shot some amazing video of an octopus hiding himself nearly completely against a plant. 


I know were-octopus is a longshot, but imagine how smart and clever a were-octopus character would be. 

I hope your weekend is filled with good learning and amazing discoveries. 


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  1. 1
    KatieF says:

    I’d swear I saw a conversation on Twitter recently about a book with a were-octopus.

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    KatieF says:

    Yes, there are two (!) were-octopus books called Eight Arms to Hold You (this one is subtitled Billonarie Shapeshifter Breeding Erotica) and (just your odinary shapeshifting m/m romance)

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    SB Sarah says:

    “just your ordinary shapeshifting m/m romance”


    Like you do. :)

  4. 4
    elianara says:

    I love Science Friday, they have a mostly good podcast, and some awesome videos.

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    cleo says:

    I think the thing about looking for books with were-octopi is that you may end up finding a lot of tentacle porn (which may be what you want – no judgement here ;) ).  I saw a book with cuttlefish shapeshifters, but the cover and blurb were pretty ott – I remember something about a cephalopod gang-bang but I’ve blocked the rest.

    There are marine shapeshifters in one of Nalini Singh’s books – I think they’re in Tangled Need?  And I really liked Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea, which has selkies and various mer-creatures – no octopi though.

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    Phaenarete says:

    Also – I strongly argue that Octopussy is the most underrated Bond Film… Although I feel ridiculous saying the word. Octopi AND elephants!

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    Vasha says:

    The underwater world is underused as a setting for fantasy—wisely, since it’s super-hard to write well, being just so alien. Even “physics” is different from what we’re used to, so how can we imagine being ruled by buoyancy instead of gravity, by the viscosity and turbulence of water? (I heartily recommend Steven Vogel’s science books “Life in Moving Fluids” and “Life’s Devices” for a mind-opening, if somewhat difficult, entry into that world.) Plus how can we imagine being an octopus—being able to squeeze our head through small spaces, using muscles pulling against one another instead of against bones to create leverage, changing color… They’re smart but not social so their minds work completely different from ours… Too much challenge for most writers! The idea fascinates but intimidates me.

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