Devoted Deep Sea Squid Mama
Parental instincts aren’t exactly common place in the invertebrate world. Squid typically die after spawning, leaving orphaned squidlets to fend for themselves in the big bad ocean. But as in all of biology, there are exceptions.
Check out this incredible image of a mama squid tending to her (approx. 360) eggs — only the second species of brooding squid to be discovered, ever!
Man, the deep sea is cool. Cephalopods are also cool.
This paper was just published. Imagine how many more cool squid are down there.
*shudder* At least they aren’t the insemination spikes from the arms of some male octopods like I thought they were at first…still creepy, but cool!
My first thought when I saw this was “omg Psy got into tentacles” and after that I couldn’t think of anything but Gangam Style done by octopi/Gangam Style tentacle porn
I need to maybe not drink liquor I’m not used to any more
A glass squid, named for its nearly transparent body, cruises the deep, dark waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The light organs in the squid’s eyes and arms are called photophores—and they may serve as lures to help it to locate mates in the inky depths.
Facts | Photo © David Wrobel, Seapics
I wonder how many people have made money/gotten credit for from uncredited reproductions of Ernst Haeckel’s amazing works over the years? I’d put the figure in at least the hundreds of thousands.
I absolutely LOVE his Medusae plate. They’re all great, though. If I had an iPhone I’d probably put the hummingbird plate on it.
It still blows my mind that an eye that can process the same types of images that we do (only much more efficiently) can evolve in such a completely different fashion, in such a completely different type of animal.
Cephalopoda, you are so beautiful. I am not surprised that we, the “superior” humans, turned to squid eyes when we wanted to drastically upgrade the quality and sleekness of our digital cameras.
Photo by Catalin Josten, 2007