Every few years there emerges an "it" animal. Recently it was owls, and put birds on it. Then we wondered what does the fox say; we were wondering what they say.
The cantankerous mantis shrimp even had a moment. Radiolab did a whole show on the cantankerous mantis shrimp's ability to see a symphony about of colors, compared to us.
Where are the "it" animal nomination forms? Like Pantone determines the colors of the year? I want to nominate Octopus.
I want to see octopus-print fabric on the spring collection of women's pajamas at Target. I want to see octopus napkin rings. Octopus pendant necklaces. I want Carrie Brownstein to wear an octopus barrette singing with Sleater-Kinney. Pwweeese?
I'm a BIG FAN.
I read Sy Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus, drooling.
Like the gloomy octopus -- it's common name -- I'd like to gather in her affinity group. Sy Montgomery's people, the fish nerds, are the people who get up at 5 a.m. to put their arms into 45 degree seawater to be suckered at by a female octopus and then write about the awe, the otherworldliness, and the #humblebrag and I nominate myself to be translator of this world to that other.