International Cephalopod Awareness Days
October 8 - October 12
An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 8 of October, repeating indefinitely
The word “cephalopod” comes from the Greek words “cephalos” which means “head” and “pod” which means “foot”.
These animals are thus described as having their heads directly attached to their feet.
It might be a good thing that they have a lot of feet to compensate for having no apparent further body.
The feet however are not mere feet.
We sometimes call them “arms” because they can grab even better than walk.
But the better word is “tentacle”, which comes from the latin word “tentaculum” and means “feeler”.
These tentacles are what we notice most about cephalopods.
We envy them, we fear them, we admire them, or feel many other confusing feelings about these “feelers”.
The International Cephalopod Awareness Days are celebrated since about 2007 and are said to be an initiative from The Octopus News Magazine Online.
The International Cephalopod Awareness Days consist of several sub-holidays, which are:
- October 8 – Octopus Day, which means all the eight-armed species. Because “octo” is latin for “eight”.
- October 9 – Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known cephalopods
- October 10 – Cuttlefish Day covering the tentacular species
- October 11 – Kraken Day, for all the fantastical cephalopods of movies, literature and legend.
- October 12 – Fossil Day for all those cephalopods who are o longer here to celebrate with us.
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