Wendy Williams is the author of five books, including the recent Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid. Her science journalism has appeared in major publications like Scientific American, Science, and Conservation Biology. Her reporting has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other newspapers. Her magazine writing is equally diverse, ranging from Audubon and National Wildlife, to the Ladies Home Journal. She is hard at work now on a book about coral reefs.

So You Think You're Smarter Than a Cephalopod?

Like other cephalopods, the common cuttlefish ( Sepia officials Linnaeus, 1758) possesses serious brain power. Credit: Hans Hillewaert, WoRMS for SMEBD The blanket octopus can rip a poisonous tentacle from a Portuguese man-o...