Crown 2021’s Cephalopod Of The Year For #CephalopodWeek
From June 18-25, we’re celebrating the 8th Annual Cephalopod Week by awarding one lucky, many-armed invertebrate the award of a lifetime.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cephalopod Week is back and better than ever—and for our 8th annual cephalo-bration, we’re blowing things out of the water for all those who are marine invertebrates at heart (or one of their three hearts, like an octopus).
Since 2014, we’ve come together every June to wonder in awe over the curious and captivating cephalopod—from the cuttlefish and squid, to nautiluses, octopuses, and more. From June 18 to 25 this year, there will be more ways for you to celebrate than arms you can count on.
In addition to new radio interviews, a behind-the-scenes look inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a squiddy trivia night, this year we’ll be awarding the first-ever Cephalopod Of The Year Award! One lucky creature will start this summer with a specially-fit crown for its mantle, and you—our cephalo-community—will choose the winner. Which cephalopod personifies 2021 best: the majestic and rare Blanket Octopus, or the wily and colorful Flamboyant Cuttlefish?
You can cast your vote for Cephalopod Of The Year 2021 on social media! The voting starts June 18, 2021 and we will be partying on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CephalopodWeek. Find more info below!
Throughout Cephalopod Week, check out our new and archived stories about cephalopods. You can discover our articles, videos, education activities, and radio segments, or dive deep into our pool of stories from Cephalopod Weeks past in the Cephalopod Week Spotlight.
We’re revisiting the first-ever Cephalopod Week in a special edition of our SciFri Rewind newsletter—sign up to get the story (and more!) sent straight to your inbox.
And don’t forget to tune in to your local radio station or stream Science Friday from our website on Friday, June 18 and June 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, when we’ll feature interviews and select moments from conversations with cephalopod experts from around the country.
We’re hosting three virtual events with some of our fellow cephalo-aficionados to celebrate together this year! RSVP for any or all of our free, online events.
Have you ever wanted to sponsor a cephalopod? Now, you can! With every donation of $8 made during Cephalopod Week, you can sponsor your favorite cephalopod.
What will it look like?
Every $8 donation will get you a special Cephalopod Badge, featuring your choice of ceph, your first name and city. You’ll find it swimming in our very own Sea of Support!
We want to hear from you! Are you able to visit a nearby aquarium to say hello to the local octopus? Creating a cuttlefish craft? Hosting a pool poddy for the octopus occasion? Or maybe practicing your drawing skills with your human tentacles? (What do they call them? Oh, arms!) We want to know.
The best way to send us your thoughts? Download the SciFri VoxPop app for iPhone and Android. (Or search “SciFri VoxPop” wherever you get your apps.) We’ll have a few questions ready for you throughout Cephalopod Week, including: What cephalopod should win Cephalopod of the Year 2021?
Check out ways people have celebrated with us over the last eight years below!
— Dr. Diana Li (@dianateuthis) June 28, 2019
Apparently it’s #CephalopodWeek . It’s been a year since I filmed this octopus fight on a rough and murky day.
I’ve been hoping to encounter similar drama again but no luck yet this season.
Music: 14 Ghosts II by Nine Inch Nails pic.twitter.com/X38N2IIYg2
— Keishu Asada (@CephWarden) June 24, 2020
— Johanna Mayer (@yohannamayer) June 25, 2019
It’s still #CephalopodWeek!
These spectacular #cephalopods are from Férussac & D’Orbigny’s ‘Histoire naturelle: generale et particuliere des cephalopodes’ (1835)@museumsvictoria #library’s copy was digitised by @bhl_au for @BioDivLibrary last year —> https://t.co/ESbAIsI12V pic.twitter.com/q15fmnRBTL
— Gemma Steele (@museumbooks) June 26, 2019