The Beady Eyed Craftster is our (mostly) weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art and craft related links from across the inter­nets. This week, how­ever, given that Halloween is just around the corner, I thought it might be time for an octopus / pump­kin themed post.

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• First up: check out this awe­some nautilus from the folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium – bril­liantly done, and very clever. Love the tentacles and the stippling.

• On a dif­fer­ent scale now, this giant squid – yes it’s five years old now, but I’d not seen it before. Not quite as fin­essed as the nautilus above, but cool stuff.

• And as for the 3rd mem­ber of our holy nautilus-squid-octopus cephalo-trinity: Coastal Living brings us this neat set (patch?) of marine-themed pump­kins, includ­ing tem­plates and instructions.

• Talking of ceph­alo­podic deit­ies, this one’s unbe­liev­able: look at the incred­ible detail on this Cthulhu pump­kin. Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn! as all the cool kids are saying.

• If the above has got you itch­ing to carve, you’ll want to take a look at this little video fea­tur­ing the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Marc and Chris, whose pump­kins can sell for hun­dreds of pounds. There’s some great tips and advice on how to pick, carve and pre­serve your pump­kin. [From Science Friday]

• Finally, non-craft link time: want to hear about a real life pump­kin squid? Well, what about … gothic music … the Vampire Squid From HELL! (yes – it’s really called that: vampyro­teuthis infer­nalis). When threatened, this ador­able chap pulls it’s tentacle cloak over it’s head, enter­ing what is known as the ‘pump­kin pos­i­tion’ (pre­sum­ably on the basis that pump­kins are scary?). The Wikipedia art­icle is well worth a read.

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