• The Amazing, Adaptable Octopus

    Octopuses are well known for their impressive survival skills—from their ability to fit into impossibly small spaces and regrow lost limbs, to their quick camouflage capabilities and ink that clouds predators’ senses of sight and smell. Read More

    Published 10/6/2016

  • This Cephalopod is Stealing Hearts

    Researchers aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel recently discovered a peculiar-looking squid off the coast of California. Read More

    Published 10/5/2016

  • A Blue View: Survival Skills of the Elusive Giant Squid

    The giant squid sounds like the stuff of myths—and it is. Since the 12th century, this massive underwater cephalopod has been chronicled in tales of a “Kraken” attacking sailors and destroying whole ships with its gargantuan set of tentacles. But unlike most mythical creatures, the giant squid actually does exist—only it’s not the boat-crushing monster depicted in legends. Read More

    Published 10/6/2015

  • Happy World Octopus Day!

    In honor of World Octopus Day and Cephalopod Awareness Week, we're taking you behind the scenes with one of our favorite cephalopods: Cordelia, the National Aquarium’s giant Pacific octopus. Read More

    Published 10/8/2014