The title of this blog comes from a 1965 French film with the same name. Jean Painlevé's "Les amours de la pieuvre," like his entire body of work, is a shrewd synthesis of science and art. Highly factual, yet expressive and avant garde, Painlevé's work transcends the traditional notions of the nature documentary.

He saw beauty in science, and from science he extracted beauty.

In my eyes, nothing in the natural world harbours more beauty than the ocean. It is the mother of all life on Earth, and it holds countless unimaginable secrets. The purpose of this web site is to showcase through art and science the beauty in and of the ocean, with a focus on its lifeforms, their evolutionary biology, and their relationship with humankind.