I begrudgingly arrived at work this morning, greeted by an email from our
customer service department stating that today, October 8, was "International Cephalopod Awareness Day."

After wiping the sleep out of my eyes and re-reading the email, I knew what I had to do: first, find out what the heck cephalopod means. Then, I'd have to explore the origins of this newfound holiday.

Dictionary.com informed me that a cephalopod is "any of various marine mollusks of the class Cephalopoda, such as the octopus, squid, cuttlefish, or nautilus, having a large head, large eyes, prehensile tentacles, and, in most species, an ink sac containing a dark fluid used for protection or defense."

Ah-ha! As the weekend fog in my mind lifted, so became clearer the intent of International Cephalopod Awareness Day: to celebrate and show appreciation for some of nature's most curious and captivating creatures!

Oh, did I mention it is also Columbus Day? Yup.

Of course, if you don't work for the government, school system or at a bank, then you probably don't care much since you didn't get the day off.

Well, I'm with ya. So lets stand united and commemorate a holiday that we can all enjoy!

I've included some information below on Octopus bimaculatus (or just plain 'ol Octopus, if you prefer) from our sister site, MarineDepotLive.com, if you're considering caring for one of these undersea wonders yourself.

Diet: Carnivore.

Behavior: The Octopus bimaculatus is generally aggressive toward other tankmates.

Water Parameters: Keep water quality high (SG 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).

Care: Many consider the Octopus bimaculatus a high-maintenance specimen. Not venomous.

Origin: The Octopus is commonly collected from East Pacific.

Color: The Octopus has a brown color.

Notes: Nocturnal feeder. Curious, and will move rocks around. Will squirt ink, if scared. Should be kept in a system as the only specimen. An escape artist by nature, be sure to have a secure fitting top on the tank with no openings.

To learn more about our 8 (or 10!) legged friends, visit Cephalopodcast.com for a list of blogs on the subject and pick up an ICAD badge for your website while you're at it.

Happy International Cephalopod Awareness Day!