Octopuses are among the most mysterious and exceptional animals in the planet. With bodies that shrink and ooze like honey, brains that constitute a surprising amount of their body mass, and eight sensor-ridden arms that can suck, feel and taste almost anything, it's no wonder that the same old "Octopuses Are Basically Aliens" story surfaces every month or so in every major news outlet.
But while we all know octopuses are downright weird, it's harder to understand precisely how these alien-like behaviors and adaptations work. That's why Rob Lang, a nature-driven comic artist, took it upon himself to illustrate a few of the more fascinating habits of the common — and uncommon — octopus. In an educational and hilarious gallery, he explains some of the more interesting acts in an octopus' sex life.
Take, for instance, the male argonaut octopus — an animal that looks a little bit like a nautilus but lacks most of its protection.
The male argonaut octopus would, however, do almost anything for love.
Rob Lang has another great one about the only species of octopus where it's great to be a man.
But many of Lang's comics take on a deeper, more conservationist tone while maintaining their traditional humor.
For instance, this cautionary tale about what happens to wild and rambunctious orca calves who defy their mother.
Or this other parenting tale of a defiant young beaked whale going out into the world for the first time and embracing punk culture.
Or this reminder that we are stewards of the sea and must take care of it before pollution becomes the new normal.
Uproarious, educational and sometimes deeply sobering, Rob Lang is truly the conservationists' comic.