Cephalopod expert Danna Staaf (author of The Lady and the Octopus and Monarchs of the Sea) talks with Skaana host Mark Leiren-Young about the alien world of octopuses, the secret lives of squid and her two new books Nursery Earth: The Wondrous Lives of Baby Animals and the Extraordinary Ways They Shape Our World and The Lives of Octopuses and Their Relatives: A Natural History of Cephalopods. “They are definitely our fellow earthlings and some of the oddest ones we share the planet with.”
3:20 Meet Danna Staaf. “They are extremely intelligent animals with extremely short life-spans.”
6:12 Meet Danna Staaf’s first pet octopus – Serendipity.
12:32 “There’s this tension between the alien and the familiar in them.” And octopus decor…
13:50 “They are definitely our fellow earthlings and some of the oddest ones we share the planet with.”
15:49 How and why cephalopods lost their shells.
22:15 The difference between octopus and squid. “Squid basically evolved for swimming and for speed.”
25:10 “Cephalopods are amazing.”
27:13 “These are real animals that inspired a lot of myths and legends.”
28:35 “Squid are like the protein bars of the oceans.”
31:30 Squid squads!
32:36 Baby animals doot doot doot doot – Danna Staff’s new baby book!
34:31 “At any given moment, most of the animals on earth are babies… I find all of them to be adorable in their own ways.”
41:20 Her favourite odd octopus facts… donut brains!
42:17 “I love asking what if questions about nature and about science.”
44:20 How humans are threatening octopuses and the health of the oceans.
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