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Lightning Talks: Cephalopods

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February 22, 2024


6pm Pacific time


Streaming on YouTube

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Join us to learn about some of the ocean’s smartest and most awe-inspiring creatures: cephalopods! This fascinating group of marine animals includes octopuses, squids, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Five speakers will each have five minutes to dazzle you with information about these amazing animals, including their evolution, ecology, mimicry skills, responses to climate change and more. Virtual audience members will have the chance to ask questions after the talks, so bring your curiosity!

Lightning Talks: Cephalopods will take place during the Seattle Aquarium’s Octopus Week 2024. 

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Featured speakers

  • C.E. O’Brien, The School for Field Studies: learning behavior and ecology of octopuses 
  • Meg Mindlin, Walla Walla University: cephalopod evolution in the face of climate change 
  • Aditi Pophale, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology: color-changing chromatophores and cephalopod neuroscience 
  • Chelsea Bennice, Florida Atlantic University: mimic octopus 
  • Kate Stanley, Seattle Aquarium: giant Pacific octopuses’ personalities and enrichment 

Previous seasons of Lightning Talks

Watch Season 1
Season 1 topics: Sharks; Octopuses; Otters; Orcas 

Watch Season 2
Season 2 topics: Sharks; Creatures of the Deep; Birds; Kelp Forests

Watch Season 3
Season 3 topics: Life on the Frozen Edge; Myths and Misconceptions; Jellies; Snails

Watch Season 4
Season 4 topics: Ocean Tech


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