Waving Hello with Many Arms

By Elizabeth Preston | January 23, 2014 9:45 am

hooded cuttlefish


In reality I can wave with only two arms, but don’t mistake my lack of appendages for indifference—I’m thrilled to be joining the Discover blog network today.

“Inkfish” is another name for cephalopods, the wily sea creatures that include octopuses, cuttlefish and squid. Inkfish is a science blog with its arms all over the place, from oceans to anthills and from prehistory to your doctor’s office. Occasionally it escapes from the tank and ends up someplace weird with a stomach full of aquarium fish.

I’ll be back here soon with new stories to share. In the meantime you can get to know Inkfish by browsing through my archives or checking out some of these favorite posts:

Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Castrate a Hippo

How Many Continents Does Katy Perry’s “Roar” Video Take Place On Simultaneously?

How Science Education Changes Your Drawing Style

Math Shows Penguins Only Care About Themselves

11 People Trace Synesthesia to One Set of Alphabet Magnets

The Shambulance: 5 Reasons Not to “Cleanse” Your Colon

Many thanks to Discover for inviting me into a new undersea lair. Thanks also to longtime readers for helping me crawl here, and to new readers for joining us. I don’t know where we’ll go next but I can’t wait to see it.

Image: Hooded cuttlefish by Silke Baron (via Flickr).

CATEGORIZED UNDER: inkfish, the ocean, top posts
  • Dengis

    You’ve just joined but you have an archive. Cool. I’ll admit to being confused but that’s fine. ;o)

    I too have only just joined and I’ve read some of your archive. I can report that it looks inky but doesn’t smell fishy. 😀

    • epreston8

      Thanks, Dengis! I’d been blogging for a few years before joining Discover (first on my own, then at the Field of Science network).



Like the wily and many-armed cephalopod, Inkfish reaches into the far corners of science news and brings you back surprises (and the occasional sea creature). The ink is virtual but the research is real.

About Elizabeth Preston

Elizabeth Preston is a science writer whose articles have appeared in publications including Slate, Nautilus, and National Geographic. She's also the former editor of the children's science magazine Muse, where she still writes in the voice of a know-it-all bovine. She lives in Massachusetts. Read more and see her other writing here.


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