Since 2005, every two years TONMO.com members and staff get together in a chosen city (usually near an aquarium or research center) for a day or two of intense cephalopod discussion and socializing.
It's open to everyone: students, hobbyists, professional biologists, and land-lubbers like me...
With good cause, the past 20 years has seen an explosion of articles, publications and books dealing with the impacts of climate change. Wolfgang Grulke's beautifully illustrated Beyond Extinction: The Eternal Ocean - Climate change & the continuity of life explores the organisms throughout...
A collection of cephalopod-themed poetry submitted to TONMO.
artwork by Nancy King
Poem: After Squid School
Pell-mell, they swish and brush and sweep
Tumbling in one promiscuous heap.
Until you wonder by what token
They 'scape with all their tentacles unbroken.
Bold, reckless, cunning, cool...
By Tony Morelli
Thales' cuttlefish/squid hybrid tattoo
The TONMO Image Gallery contains dozens of images of cephalopod tattoos, broken down into three categories:octopus, cuttlefish, and squid. Cephalopod tattoos are one of the most popular subjects on TONMO -- our gallery has millions of...
Member-submitted videos from the earlier days of TONMO
Videos may not be reproduced without permission.. Sorry, them's the rules... These clips were graciously contributed and intended for this site only. If you have questions, drop me a line.
Click link to play video clip:
9/25/06 - Broad...
a film by Stuart Gordon, made in Spain 2001, released direct-to-video 2002, running time 98 minutes. In Spanish and English.
Reviewed by nanoteuthis
A man dreams of diving through undersea ruins where a beautiful mermaid beckons; as they embrace, she opens...
What follows is TONMO.com's exclusive interview conducted 5/10/02 with marine biologist Dr. Steve O'Shea. Subsequent to this, for several years, Dr. O'Shea was a member of the TONMO.com Staff.
TONMO.com: How did you get into this field?
Steve O'Shea: By a series of complete accidents. My...
Webmaster thoughts on the first photos of living giant squid, in 2005.
Note: Tony welcomes discussion on this article in this thread on our forums.
By Tony Morelli
Last updated: 10/1/05
I've been maintaining TONMO.com as a cephalopod interest site since 2000. Since then...
Wikipedia resource for historical strandings
When TONMO.com set out to create a comprehensive list of all giant and colossal squid specimen discoveries throughout history, TONMO.com member Archi sent me the following email:
I feel that this would be a good source of information for the new...
By Jason Scott, first published at Practical Fishkeeping (PFK) Website -- Authorized for use at TONMO.com in 2003.
Over the past twenty-five years or so I have kept a wide range of strange and unusual marine species, everything from Sharks and Rays to Frogfish and Flying Gurnards. In this...
Pronunciation: 'äk-t&-p&s, -"pus
Inflected Form(s): plural -pus·es or oc·to·pi /-"pI/
Etymology: New Latin Octopod-, Octopus, from Greek oktOpous
1 : any of a genus (Octopus) of cephalopod mollusks that have eight muscular arms equipped with...
What follows is an archive of some of the thoughts and observations posted on TONMO.com in the early years...
A Mother's Day Reflection
By Tony Morelli
As we know, next to our own moms (who are indeed the very best), octopus moms are among the most selfless in the universe. My sister and her...
The following PDF files were contributed to TONMO over the years for sharing with the community.
Summary of files
Estimating age and growth rate in Architeuthis dux
Steve O’Shea Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Caoimhghin Ó Maolagáin, National Institute of...
RICHARD ELLIS is currently recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in America. His paintings of whales have appeared in Audubon, National Wildlife, Australian Geographic, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and numerous other national and international publications. His...
What follows is TONMO.com's exclusive interview conducted 2/3/02 with famed marine author and artist Richard Ellis (read full bio). Richard spoke a bit about recent events and his current work.
TONMO.com: You are known as both an artist and a leading historian of the ocean. What came first for...
I wrote this in 2004 when the community was actively engaging in cephalopod creative writing. I could never decipher the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's Walter's Walk, and so I used that title as a starting place to create a ceph story around it.
McEagen knew it wouldn't be...
by Tony Morelli 8/9/05
TONMO.com held its first Conference in Monterey, California on August 5, 6 and 7, 2005. Check out our dedicated forum (with lots more pics). So, here's my account:
Friday: me and my family arrived in the afternoon, and basically took it easy. Went out for ice cream...
Location: Mote, Sarasota, Florida
Date: June 23rd (informal) and 24th (presentations)
Hey everybody! Here is our agenda for TONMOCON II in Sarasota, Florida, at Mote on June 23rd and 24th. Dr. Steve O'Shea will be joining us and will be our "headline" speaker, addressing the topic of 'Giant...
Last Updated: 4/5/18
Welcome! We're very excited about our next cephalopod conference, TONMOCON VII at Marine Biological Laboratory — Biological Discovery in Woods Hole from April 6-8, 2018.
General info and past history can be found here: TONMOCON: The Biennial Cephalopod Conference...
Artwork by Greg Ewald
Editor's note: In 2005, I asked Greg Ewald (@cthulhu77) and Erich Orser (@erich orser) to write an article to answer the popular TONMO.com visitor question, "what is Cthulhu?"... While this is not a holistic Cthulhu definition, a true, good description can be found in...