Recently, I attended a talk by my colleague Mike Montague with the Warren Lab at the Genome Institute at Washington University in which he presented several ongoing projects, including the sequencing of cephalopod genomes. Cephalopods include octopus, squid, and cuttlefish and have fascinating sensory adaptations. Many animals are adept at camouflage but few do so as spectacularly and with as much cognitive effort as these creatures.
The videos below include footage of cephalopods from research by the Hanlon Lab at the Marine Biological Laboratory. For more short clips of wild cephalopods and lab experiments, also check out Roger Hanlon’s YouTube channel.
Update: They are cephalopods, not “cephalapods.” Thanks to Dr. Maja for pointing this out!