Posts Tagged ‘octopus’

Octo, Octo, Octopus

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Posted by: ZeBekgarbage

Mike deGruy is a great storyteller, teller of truths.

From his website,
“… When it seemed time to return to Hawaii and finish his degree, two things happened in sequence that changed the course of his life.

The first of these incidents was on April 2, 1978. Mike and a fellow researcher were diving in a little known area of the Enewetak Atoll. Mike was taking still photographs when he was violently attacked by a Grey Reef shark, ripping the top of his right arm off and leaving him bleeding profusely in the “sharky” waters of the lagoon. His diving partner was less severely attacked by the same shark. They were 10 miles out, no land in sight and there was nobody in their 21 foot boat to help. Needless to say, things were grim for the two researchers as they were separated at the surface – left alone to deal with a dire situation in the middle of a lonely ocean.

It is still a mystery as to why Mike was not eaten that day. Enewetak is famous for its enormous population of sharks Mike was bleeding heavily, hundreds of yards away from an empty boat, his diving partner nowhere to be found, rough seas surrounding him and he was severely injured. It was the fact that he was 100% convinced he was going to die that saved his life. When you are already dead, there is no reason to panic, so Mike just rolled over on his back, used his left hand to clamp off the blood flow from his right arm, and slowly kicked toward the boat, waiting for the inevitable – even imagining where the first attack would hit him. The second attack never came and when Mike finally reached the boat, he saw blood on the gunwales his friend had made it back he called up and was helped into the boat. Two years and eleven operations later, he is fine, only a partially operating right hand and ugly scars left as reminders.

… For the last several years, in addition to continuing filmmaking, Mike has become a speaker, master of ceremonies and interviewer for a wide range of audiences. He has interviewed James Cameron, Sir David Attenborough, Al Gore and many others on stage and brings decades of experience of world travel, interactions with media broadcasters, dealings with foreign agencies, hundreds of ocean stories and tales of creatures great and small, to entertain his audiences. Mike has dived under the ice at both poles, been to all continents, become a submersible pilot, dived hundreds of times in many types of submersibles, filmed the hydrothermal vents in both the Atlantic and the Pacific and had more meals on the Titanic, now resting at 12,500 feet deep, than did the doomed passengers.”

Octopus and ZeBek

ZeBek does the octoPUS.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

This is not about
Doctor Octopus
or Octomom

This is about my love for ze Octopus. Me gusta la octopusa!

I did a little wiki search and here’s what i found; neat things you may already know or not know about Octopuses.

1. Octopuses have three hearts. Two pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third pumps blood through the body.

2. An octopus’s suction cups are equipped with chemoreceptors so that the octopus can taste what it is touching.

3. According to the USDA Nutrient Database (2007), cooked octopus contains approximately 139 calories per three ounce portion, and is a source of vitamin B3, B12, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium

4. Octopuses often escape even from supposedly secure tanks, due to their problem solving skills, mobility and lack of rigid structure.Octopuses are highly intelligent, probably the most intelligent of all invertebrates.

5. Most octopuses can eject a thick blackish ink in a large cloud to aid in escaping from predators. The main colouring agent of the ink is melanin.

6. An octopus has a hard beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms.

7. When under attack, some octopuses can perform arm autotomy, in a similar manner to the way skinks and other lizards detach their tails. The crawling arm serves as a distraction to would-be predators.

8. There are around 300 recognized octopus species, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species.All octopuses are venomous, but only the small blue-ringed octopuses are deadly to humans.

The following 3 photos were taken by me in Greece, 2008.
Lardos. Rhodos, Greece.

(Thira) Santorini, Greece.

Lardos. Rhodos, Greece.

Here’s a hair piece I created for iSCREAMgarbage. I call it…

Pulpo and ZeBek

Octopus and ZeBek

Tako and ZeBek

3 Photos taken by: Yoko Yano
Hair/Make Up/styling: ZeBekgarbage
Octopeace (for your hurr): iSCREAMgarbage

I love Cartoonies!

Also join/check out my flickr group dedicated to my 8 legged tasty friend:
Anything and everything Octopus, pulpo, tako.

Octopus lover,