By Nancy King, 2003
What Is Octopus Ink?
Inking Octopus by Steve O'Shea
The ink of the octopus, or any cephalopod, is composed of highly concentrated melanin. This is the same dark pigment that we humans have, and which is responsible for skin color and the color of dark hair. It is a natural...
By Colin Dunlop
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There are some references to octopuses and other animals "committing suicide." This is a subjective way of looking at certain types of animal death, such as saying that whales found beached on...
Just in time for Valentine's Day 2012, Dr. Roy Caldwell shared some astonishing photos of two mating A. aculeatus. Note that these images are very rare and the quality is high.
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Sea of Love
An Abdopus aculeatus male perches on a rock keeping an eye...
By Adam Eli Clem, 2003
In "The Prose Edda" of Snori Sturlason, a compendium of Norse pagan myths written in 1220 A.D., Thor, the Norse god of thunder, twice encounters a creature known as Jormungander, the "World Serpent," also known as the Midgard Serpent. Jormungander was said to be one of...
Two TONMO.com moderators met face to face in the autumn of 2002: Colin Dunlop traveled from Scotland to Texas to help Nancy King set up her saltwater aquarium and to accompany Nancy and her husband Bill to Galveston, where Colin and Nancy visited the National Research Center for Cephalopods...
You can read posts from Dr. O'Shea in our Cephalopod Science Forums.
My interests are many, but my love for the sea is the strongest and started way back when I was 4 (a couple of years ago). We lived right on Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island, out in the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand...
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...
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...
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 first...
Visit Skot Olsen's site here
1: Captain Obed Architeuthis
In 1998, artist Skot Olsen painted "Captain Obed Architeuthis," and introduced a figure into his work that has now become a recurrent, nearly obsessional motif. Captain Obed bobs in a row-boat, his head pinched between a rising sea...
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.
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9/25/06 - Broad...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In 2008, Kat Bolstad visited the British Museum of Natural History in London and shared her experience with the TONMO community.
by Kat Bolstad (tintenfisch)
Last updated: Dec 2008
I would love to conduct a study on the different associations people have with the word 'museum.' Dusty...
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...
For anyone interested the following is a transcript of my half of an introductory talk, delivered today at the 'Multispecies Heritage Conference' (hosted by Edge Hill Univeristy in the UK). [raw text, not corrected], that serves to introduce our cephalopod-media project to a wider audience...