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        Marine biology with a cephalopod twist...

Overview and Background

NPR - Octopuses' Big Brains And Unique Behavior Spur Basic Research

At the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., there's a room filled with burbling aquariums. A lot of them have lids weighed down with big rocks.    ...Grasse's part of a team that's trying to figure out the best ways to raise these sea creatures in captivity, so that scientists can investigate their genes and learn the secrets of their strange, almost alien ways.

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Hakai Magazine - The Newest Lab Rat Has Eight Arms

Move over mice and fruit flies, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is busy developing the next great model organism for science...

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A World First: MBL Team Births Multiple Generations of Pygmy Zebra Octopus

Hundreds of tiny, orange-speckled pygmy zebra octopuses, each no bigger than a grain of rice, have safely hatched out in the MBL’s Marine Resources Center. And Bret Grasse, Manager of Cephalopod Operations, couldn’t be more proud....

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The Atlantic - So You Know, This Is How to Incubate Baby Cephalopods in a S​oda Bottle

Say you find yourself, as one occasionally does, in need of incubating some baby cuttlefish. Say you don't have a lot of money, as one occasionally does not, to do the incubating of said cuttlefish....

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 ScienceFriday - This cuttlefish dazzles

Internet chatter suggests that the flamboyant cuttlefish—known for ambling along the seafloor and flashing brilliant displays—is toxic. What does the science say?...

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WIRED - Absurd Creature of the Week: Cross-Dressing Cuttlefish Puts on World’s Most Spectacular Light Show

BEFORE WE HAD the luxuries of modern science, folks used to believe that every land animal had a counterpart in the sea. So in the depths there naturally must be sea cows, sea unicorns, and even sea pigs. By that logic, there must also be sea humans, and if we’re going to get specific, I’d like to nominate a sea hipster: the cuttlefish...

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Drum and Croaker - 2014




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Advances in Cephalopod Science: Biology, Ecology, Cultivation, and Fisheries (coauthor)

Marine Biology series-addresses major themes of growing research interest in the field of cephalopod research. The book is composed of four chapters incorporating the latest advances in biology, ecology, life cycles, cultivation, and fisheries of cephalopods. Each chapter is written by a team of internationally recognized authorities to reflect recent findings and understanding....

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Alert Diver

An Alien Invasion

If Mack and the boys stumbled out of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and down the street into the back door of Monterey Bay Aquarium, they might mistake it for the clandestine hatchery of an alien invasion force...

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Lab Animal - Considering the Cephalopod

Octopuses, squids, and cuttlefishes all have potential as lab animals. As models emerge, what goes in to keeping them happy and healthy in the lab?

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The Falmouth Enterprise - A Home For Cephalopods At MBL

The California two-spot octopus was anticipating dinner last week. Its tentacles spread out, and the two spots on either side of its body that give the animal its name darkened.  Bret Grasse, the manager of cephalopod operation at the Marine Biological Laboratory where the octopus resides, described this as common behavior when someone approaches the tank...

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The Kids Should See This: The Cephalopod Empire in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Learn more about the five adorable species candidates being studied and cared for at MBL—the Striped Pyjama Squid, the Dwarf Cuttlefish, the Flamboyant Cuttlefish, the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid, and the Two-Spot Octopus

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Quebec Science Magazine - Octopus, squid and cuttlefish to ​replace the mouse in the lab?

Bret Grasse, in charge of cephalopod operations at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), in Woods Hole, southwest of Cape Cod, has been on a mission since 2017: he cultivates seven species of octopus, cuttlefish and squid with the aim of making them available to researchers of the whole world....

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Wisconsin's Private Colleges Highlighted Alumni

On the fast track to superstardom in saltwater aquaria through his work with the fragile cuttlefish, Bret Grasse ’08 has found his methods so successful that he has become the world’s go-to expert in culturing generations of cuttlefish.

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NPR Cape Cod and The Islands - Prince Albert II Monaco Visits MBL, Woods Hole.

Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Woods Hole on Monday, and met with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He also announced that his foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, will be supporting research at MBL for the first time. ...After going out on one of MBL’s research boats, The Gemma, Prince Albert II peered into tanks, and even – at the invitation of Bret Grasse, manager of cephalopod research at MBL – fed an octopus.

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TENTACLE FESTIVAL 2017 WITH BRET GRASSE; Lembeh Resort, Lembeh Indonesia

The Lembeh resort, Lembeh Indonesia, held it's first ever "Tentacles Festival" and invited cephalopod expert, Bret Grasse, to spend a week providing lectures to guests on everything cephalopod while diving and observing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat....

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New York Times: Did a Cuttlefish Write This?

Octopuses and squid are full of cephalopod character. But more scientists are making the case that cuttlefish hold the key to unlocking evolutionary secrets about intelligence.

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The lesser Pacific striped octopus, Octopus chierchiae: an emerging laboratory model for the study of octopuses

Cephalopods have the potential to become useful experimental models in various fields of science, particularly in neuroscience, physiology, and behavior.  Here we describe the biology, animal care, and culture methods for this tiny octopus species uniquely suited for research.

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