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Monday, November 4, 2013

On the move

I read recently that thanks to global warming, all sorts of animals are migrating south to settle on our island.
So far we have got a marine stinger and a thing called the gloomy octopus.
Well, thanks a lot!  Couldn't we have something more charismatic in the line of megafauna?  I have an opening for elephants, lions etc as models.  Apply here.


  1. Was he gloomy before he was sent to Van Dieman's Land or after?

  2. Haha, I love this elephant! And it does sound like a rotten string of luck with your migrating beasts. On the other hand, a gloomy octopus might be really cool! I mean, I doubt they would have chosen that name for themselves. Also possible - they are a super cheery, ridiculously happy type of octopus, and the name is the sarcastic and/or jokey kind. :D

  3. Hi Carole and Cindy, I have looked up the gloomy octopus and discovered it is from Sydney - perhaps that's the origin of its gloom! Seriously, I think it's just the colour (a mottled brown-grey) that has given it the name. Otherwise it is probably as happy as any invertebrate gets.