Description Octopuses, derived from the Greek for eight-footed, are members of the cephalopod class which also includes the ancient nautilus and the ten-footed squid and cuttlefish. These cephalopods, unlike most other molluscs, have evolved to live without the protection of a hard shell. They have instead developed complex behaviors based on camouflage, escape mechanisms and various intelligent strategies. In fact this group is considered to be the smartest of the invertebrates and much research focuses on their unique physical and neuronal modifications. The octopus has a characteristically large head and a beak-like jaw which it uses to bite its prey of crab or fish. It will then inject the prey with a cocktail of poison and digestive enzymes which prepare it for ingestion.The Northern or Horned octopus is typically reddish yellow in color with long slender tentacles that hold one staggered row of suckers and curl at the tips, characteristics which distinguish it from its rather muted and thick- armed cousin, the Common Octopus. It can be found in the north-eastern Atlantic and throughout the Mediterranean Sea.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com