When we learn more about how other species live, we learn more about ourselves. And it’s about time we get to know the cephalopod better!

This research center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in the United States is helping us continue to discover more about the world (and ourselves) by studying these unique and adorable creatures—cephalopods!

I mean really, who better to learn more about than our brainy, color-changing, tentacled friends? With their help, we may be on the verge of unlocking more secrets about how our own bodies and the world works.

We’ve been studying animals for years, learning more and more about ourselves as we go, but we haven’t really been able to study these insanely unique creatures of the sea in the way we’d like. Well, until now. The Cephalopod Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, sometimes lovingly called The Cephalopod Empire, is housing, caring for, and has successfully bred thousands of these animals! So, they’re welcoming researchers to come in and visit this amazing resource.

We get a look at how this program with the largest collection of cephalopods works (and what makes a happy cephalopod) in this awesome video from SciFri!

Via: SciFri 1

We can learn a lot from our neighbors.

And when we’re able to visit them more frequently and see how they go about their lives, the more we can reflect on ours.

“We’re trying to get users to come up and use our animals, but our end game is not for economic profit,” [Bret] Grasse says. “Our endgame is for knowledge and advancing our understanding of not only cephalopods but ourselves.” 2

You can discover more about all of the cephalopods at the center and their research potential, as well as how their program works by visiting The Marine Biological Laboratory’s website!

We can thank so many creatures for our progress in learning how the world and our own bodies work.

The first creature that comes to mind is the tiny flying visitor you may find on your banana; the fruit fly. Our genetic similarities are pretty surprising and have led us to numerous discoveries! Take a look…

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You can meet numerous others who have assisted us in understanding the planet and inspired new innovations, like the naked mole rat and fire ants, in the same article as well!

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We have a lot to learn from the master innovator: our planet. It’s been through a lot but has found a way to survive every time.

What could the way cephalopod’s have developed teach us?

Stay open to new possibilities!

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“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”—Albert Einstein

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Notes:

  1. “Cephalopod Inc.” YouTube, SciFri, 15 June 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=25oUiLIUJoY&feature=youtu.be. Accessed 3 Oct. 2018.
  2. Groskin, Luke. “Cephalopod, Inc.” Science Friday, 15 June 2018, www.sciencefriday.com/videos/cephalopod-inc/. Accessed 10 Oct. 2018.

Samantha Burns

Executive Assistant, Staff Writer

Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.