Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I’d call me Us
Octopus, detail from a Roman mosaic, Pompeii
The Trail of the Octopus 1919
The most repulsive thing you could ever imagine is the inside of a camel`s mouth. That and watching a girl eat octopus or squid.
The object that started the commotion was a rotting carcass of great size along the coast of St. Augustine, FL, in 1896. It was first seen by Herbert Coles and Dunham Coretter on a bicycle trip on the evening of November 30. When the young men first saw the carcass, it had sunk into the sand because of its immense weight. The next day, Dr. DeWitt Webb, founder of the St. Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science, arrived on the scene. The skin was of an extremely light pink color with a silvery tint to it. They concluded it weighed roughly five tons and the visible portions were twenty-three feet in length, four feet high, and eighteen feet across the widest part of the back. Webb decided that it was not a whale but instead some kind of octopus.
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battering upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
Jetant son encre vers les cieux,
Suçant le sang de ce qu’il aime
Et le trouvant délicieux,
Ce monstre inhumain, c’est moi-même.
Arrojando su tinta hacia el cielo,
Chupando la sangre de aquel que ama
Y encontrándola deliciosa,
Ese monstruo inhumano, ese soy yo.
Jean Painlevé, photogramme issu de La Pieuvre, 1928
The octopus is the only invertebrate which has been shown to use tools.