Oct. 8th is International Octopus Day (think about it for a second) and we're celebrating in style.
To get you in the spirit, here are some of our favorite octo-centric stories of the year. Forgive us for throwing in a few other cephalopods -- after all, Octopus Day is just the start of a whole week of cephalopod celebration.
Octopuses are smart and this one is cheeky as heck.
Did you know that so-called vampire squids are neither squid nor vampire? They're actually the last holdouts of an ancient cephalopod lineage. I know.
— Rachel Feltman (@RachelFeltman) October 1, 2015
Like, really weird. For an octopus, anyway. Most octopuses are quite adversarial with their mates, but this one species mates beak to beak, staying intertwined for hours or days without any serious conflict.
They also have a really hilarious trick for catching shrimp.
Probably the biggest octopus news of the year. No big deal! The octopus genome is large and complex, and scientists will use it to help unravel the beautiful creature's many mysteries.