Internationally famous octopus "Paul," predictor of the World Cup results, was elected by the Spanish people as "Citizen of honor." SPN/Newscom
Octopuses hang out to dry in Plaka, Crete. Newscom/File
A "Wonderpuss" Octopus swims in the Lembeh Straits, off Indonesia. Newscom/File
A lesser or curled octopus is seen near Berwickshire, Scotland. Newscom/File
An Octopus vulgaris is seen underwater in Burma (Myanmar), in the Andaman sea. Newscom/File
Truman, a one and a half year old octopus at Boston's New England Aquarium, has stunned staff and visitors by squeezing into a tiny box. A locked series of boxes are used as a game for Truman; he has to unlock each one to get closer to his prize - food. But no one expected him to wriggle his entire body inside. Onlookers then watched, amazed, as the flexible Octopus slithered back out into his tank. Newscom/File
Comedian Andy Samberg performs a routine at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 14. Samberg was dressed as Paul the octopus, who lives at Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany and correctly predicted eight matches at the recent 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Newscom/File
A Veined Octopus, also known as Coconut Shell Octopus, walks along the ocean bottom in the Lembeh Straits, Indonesia. Newscom/File
A prop giant octopus used in the film Seven Cities to Atlantis is seen in November 1977. Newscom/File
Giant kites in the shape of octopuses are seen at the 26th Weifang International Kite Festival in Weifang, Shandong Province, China. Weifang, the birthplace of kites, has held the international kite festival every spring since 1984, attracting competitors and tourists worldwide Newscom/File
According to sailors' reports, Kraken were creatures of enormous size, who would attack a ship, wrap their arms around the hull and capsize it. The legendary Kraken is probably what we know today as the giant squid. Ellis, R. 1994. Monsters of the Sea. Robert Hale Ltd.
On Sunday, police allowed pro-European Union protesters to rally peacefully in Kiev's Independence Square, though protesting there was recently banned. But when protesters tried to storm a presidential administration building police responded with force.
Maria Danilova and Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press /
December 1, 2013
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital Sunday, defying a new government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union.