Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod
Cephalopods—which include octopus, squid, and cuttlefish—are quick, clever, and masters of disguise. Video producer Luke Groskin chats about vampire squid and cuttlefish while biologist Jennifer Basil homes in on one cephalopod that seems to swim below the public’s radar: the nautilus. With its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, it’s a “living fossil”—and Basil’s studying it to better understand the origins of the complex brain of the modern cephalopods. (To see various cephalopods in action, check out the links below.)
Jennifer Basil is an associate professor of biology at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York.
Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.