Friday, March 25, 2005


Huge Breakthrough In Octopus Research

Research funded by the National Science Foundation (read: you tax dollars), has uncovered shocking new news about tactics used by octopi to evade being eaten.
A UC Berkeley researcher has observed octopuses, known for using camouflage to avoid predators, apparently trying to sneak away by walking on two arms while pretending to be a bunch of algae.

The movements were discovered by Christine Huffard of the University of California, Berkeley, who was studying underwater video camera tapes of the animals.

I thought this sounded familiar, so I called the laboratory of Christine Huffard.

Only Huffards lab assistant, who identified himself simply as "the hempster" was available for telephone interview: "Dude, they like, move and stuff so the bogus predators don't feast on them." When asked about the details of the octopus movement, Huffard's lab tech described a cartoon coyote hidden in a bush with just his legs sticking out of the bottom. He also described other tactics used by the octopus including tying itself to an Acme rocket to move faster and trying to shoot itself like an arrow from a bow - also in order to swim faster. In addition, the octopus being studied also fell off of high ledges and often had large boulders fall on its head. Turning back to the ability of the octopus to sneak away from hungry predators, hemster had this to say: "It's so wild, all you see is this green bush moving around - but if you look close, you can see the coyote's legs ... wait ... wooh... that's cartoon network, not the octopus video!... " It was at this point in the interview that the Domino's pizza guy showed up at the lab door. The lab assistant did not return to the phone to finish the interview. Only the sound of eating followed by a watery-bubbling sound followed by coughing and then laughter could be heard. More details as this story develops.

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