TONMOCON II Press Release


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May 30, 2000
Here is our joint Press Release, courtesy of Mote!

Mote Marine Laboratory
For Immediate Release 6-19-07


What: TONMOCON II, a conference focused on the care and research of the cephalopod class, which includes squid, cuttlefish and octopus. The event is organized by the, The Octopus News Magazine Online, in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for School and Public Programs.

When: Check in begins at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2007.

Where: The Keating Marine Education Center at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota

Details: Convention-goers will enjoy a full day of back-to-back presentations and panel discussions on various subjects pertaining to cephalopods, including octopus and cuttlefish care, cephalopods in art, cephalopod study in marine biology and much more.
Workshop Schedule:
8:15am: Sign-in at Mote Marine Laboratory
9:00am: Introduction / update
9:30am: Treatment and Care of Cuttlefish, Nautilus, Octopus
10:10am: Cuttlefish Care
11:00am: The Science of Cephalopods at Mote
11:40am: "Ceph Races"
1:30pm: Ceph Care/Industry Ethics Roundtable
2:15pm: Cephs in Culture
3:00pm: Giant Squids, Whales, Sex and Conservation

Who: Aquarium and cephalopod enthusiasts are invited to register for the conference. Mote Mollusk Expert Debi Ingrao will host the 11 a.m.
session, "The Science of Cephalopods at Mote," with Mote Aquarium biologists, and Dr. Steve O'Shea is the featured speaker. Dr. O'Shea will present the keynote presentation at 3 p.m., "Giant Squid, Whales, Sex and Conservation." O'Shea is an expert in the systematics and biogeography of cephalopods and is Acting Director for the Earth & Oceanic Sciences Research Institute/Senior Research Fellow at the
Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He joined the staff
in June 2002, and can be seen on the Discovery Channel documentary, Chasing Giants: On the Trail of the Giant Squid. Dr. O'Shea lives in New Zealand.

Cost: Pre-registration is free, but limited to 150.

Registration/Questions: Online registration is available at through June 22, 2007. Participants can register by phone to Tony Morelli at 215-771-4852. For more information call 215-771-4852, email [email protected] or visit

Etc: TONMOCON II is the second cephalopod conference organized by; the first convention was held in 2005 in Monterey, Calif.

About Mote Marine Laboratory
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the largest independent nonprofit marine research organizations in the world. It is dedicated to advancing the science of the sea through the study of marine and estuarine ecosystems, through the public Mote Aquarium and through an education division that provides unique programs for all ages.

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SRQ TALK: Let's Talk Tentacles

Mote Marine Laboratory is helping giant squid reach out and touch someone this weekend, when Mote hosts Tonmocon II-a conference dedicated to members of the giant squid, octopus and cuttlefish family. For those unable to make the conference, Mote Senior Biologist Debi Ingrao has shared some reasons she finds cephalopods (tentacled, saltwater creatures) "fascinating."

The blue ring octopus grows to only about 3 or 4 inches, but it has one of the most deadly toxins in the world. "It can kill human being in a matter of minutes," Ingrao said.

A cephalopod's esophagus goes through its brain. "There isn't a whole lot of room for eyes and brains," she said, "so the esophagus has just a narrow place to go through the body."

The sea animals also have a lot of heart-three to be exact. While one heart pumps blood throughout the entire body, the other two hearts work at the base of the gills and give the blood the extra push needed for gas exchange.

Giant squid, such as the specimen at Mote, can grow to be more than 30 feet long. The colossal squid is thought to possibly be larger then the giant squid. Perhaps even more amazing than their giant stature is how quickly they grow: Ingrao said baby giant squid are only about the size of carpenter ants, and the adults only live one to two years.

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