Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Deep Ocean Discovery – Octopods and Squids


  • Title: Deep Ocean Discovery – Octopods and Squids
  • Air Date: June 8, 2017
  • Series: Smithsonian Science How webcasts, which are designed to connect natural history science and research to upper-elementary and middle-school students.

This video features Dr. Mike Vecchione, a NOAA zoologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Learn about octopods and squids, members of the remarkable group called "cephalopods." Learn about their biology and find out how Mike uses technologies, including telepresence and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to study cephalopods in the deepest ocean. See how he is learning about species rarely or never seen before. 

Teaching Resources

Octopods, Squids, and Other Cephalopods

National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • MS-LS2-1: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Earth Science

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

  • MS-ESS3-4: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Life Science