Hi- Just wanted to introduce myself (and shed my "Lurker" statis). My name is Chris Barela and I live in Southern California (I DIDN'T vote for Bush so please don't hate me) with my wife and 3 year old son, Max. I have been interested in Marine Biology my entire life yet oppertunity and talents lead me down a different employment road: Art & Design. Happily the two worlds merged when I started working as the art director for The Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City, Utah (since I work through my computer I am able to live in California to do this). The project with the aquarium started out with designing a series of murals depicting 7 ecosystems (saltwater estuary, shore, tide pools, sandy shoals, kelp forest, open ocean and twilight zone). The last depicting a sperm whale/giant squid encounter with a school of firefly squid in the forground. When asked to design the aquarium mascott it could really be only one animal - Murray the Octopus! I am currently working on a series of children's books as well as providing art for the aquarium. The reason for joining your clun is that I may need to pick your communal brain for cephlopod reference. My website is www.chrisbarela.com Cheers!