This Monday kicked off International Cephalopod Awareness Days (or week, really). They chose the 8th day of the 10th month to symbolize the 8 or 10 appendages that all creatures of the cephalopod type have (it includes squid, octopus, and cuttlefish). Each day this week is meant to celebrate a different cephalopod:
- Monday, October 8th: Octopus Day
- Tuesday, October 9th: Nautilus Day
- Wednesday, October 10th: Squid/Cuttlefish Day
- Thursday, October 11th: Myths and Legends Day, which celebrates all those loveable cephalopods of myths and legends, like the KRAKEN!!
- Friday, October 12th: Fossil Day (it’s also National Fossil Day in the U.S.): Celebrating all those cephalopod species that are no longer with us.
This event has actually been going on for a few years, since 2007, and was invented by a pair of a cephalovers from the TONMO forum, which is the Octopus News Magazine Online’s forum. Celebrate by immersing yourself in Cephalopod facts, use the hashtag #cephfacts on twitter, follow @Cephalopodday on twitter, or submit to the official Tumblr. Or go out for sushi (hahaha, I am mostly kidding there. Mostly.)!
Here’s a lovely video about how octopus are scary-smart!