I don’t think it’s got a lot of news coverage but, then again, neither does Bernie Sanders. That does not mean it is insignificant.
Cephalopods – Octopi,Squids and Cuttlefish – are having a population explosion. With the numbers of pretty much every other species in the ocean falling due to global warming, overfishing and who knows what all, our tentacled friends are thriving.
My guess is that there are fewer fish to feed on baby octopi and, since octopi lay about 100,000 eggs at a time, this is a huge difference.
The possibility for a science fiction film is incredible. Soon, there will be so many that the oceans can’t hold them. With eight legs they will have little trouble learning to walk on land, smoke cigarettes and operate machinery.
The part about this that really scares me, though, is something I learned on Discovery Channel the other day. When life began on Earth a few billion years ago, Earth did not have an oxygen atmosphere. Basically, the overpopulation of tiny, little creatures absorbing whatever it was they had then and excreting oxygen led to their extinction and the rise of life as we know it.
Theoretically, people, who can walk on two legs, write books, and theorize about the origins of the universe, should be better equipped to deal with climate change then a bunch of mindless amoeba-algae creatures. But, maybe not.
Maybe the octopi will inherit the Earth.