Lab Notes

Short stories and links shared by the scientists in our community

You're Not Hallucinating. That's Just Squid Skin.

Octopuses and cuttlefish are masters of underwater camouflage, blending in seamlessly against a rock or coral. But squid have to hide in the open ocean, mimicking the subtle interplay of light, water, and waves. How do they do it?

In changing oceans, cephalopods are booming

Cephalopods are known for rapid growth, short lifespans, and extra-sensitive physiologies, which may allow them to adapt more quickly than many other marine species.

Scientists capture video of dolphins risking death to eat octopus

Zombie. Tentacles.

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

"Humans don’t have this. Monkeys don’t. Nothing has this except the coleoids.”

Squid Communicate With a Secret, Skin-Powered Alphabet

"Their body plan is so bizarre compared to ours that it’s hard to compare their brain structure and function to something that we know."