Sep 16 2011

Friday Cephalopod: Creepiest squid of them all

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    Where’s the glitter? Aren’t vampyres supposed to be glittery?

    (Psst, squid, eat Edward.)

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Kaintukee Bob

    (Psst, squid, eat Edward.)

    You MONSTER!

    I’d never wish that horrible fate upon a squid.

  3. 3

    Am I the only one the sees a resemblance to Miss Piggy?

  4. 4
    John Duncan

    My favorite! Thanks, PZ. Psst, they don’t know that they are creepy.

  5. 5

    You know, as much as I love the atheist rantings and takedowns of creationists, I really come here for cephalopod glamour shots.

  6. 6

    Isn’t this critter technically not a squid, but a transitional form between squid and octopi?

  7. 7
    'Tis Himself

    It’s not creepy. Look at that beautiful blue eye.

  8. 8
    Dhorvath, OM

    I wish my eyes were a tenth of my body. Think of the things I could see. Squidly things, geometries unimaginable by humanity, err, … scratch that. I will stick with my flawed human vision.

  9. 9

    Ah! This makes me recall the “Ocean Deep” episode of BBC Planet Earth!!!! Dumbo octopus, if I recall correctly?

  10. 10

    Pony ears!?? Your squid has pony ears?

  11. 11
    Doug Little

    Where’s the werewolf squid? Shouldn’t there be one in close proximity fighting with it, well that’s what popular culture has taught me anyway.

  12. 12
    Snowshoe the Canuck

    The damn thing is wearing a tinted monocle!

  13. 13

    It looks like a cross between a squid and Miss Piggy.

  14. 14

    My first thought was “What’s Miss Piggy doing on Friday Cephalopod?”.

  15. 15

    Looks like the head of a horse somebody sent to sleep with the fishes

  16. 16

    It’s one half Ms. Piggy and one half that dude from Dune. (the David Lynch version)

  17. 17

    It’s a Navigator!

  18. 18

    Run Kermit, it’s Miss Pgthulhu!

  19. 19

    Looks like the head of a horse somebody sent to sleep with the fishes

    And it did!

    This is their unholy spawn.

  20. 20
    Ron Sullivan

    Good gawd, it’s a flying uterus. With eyes!

    Sometimes it’s good to be postmenopausal.

  21. 21
    Anthony K

    @16 & 17:

    It did not say this. It is not here.

  22. 22
    procrastinator will get an avatar real soon now

    First thought: Squid bacon.

  23. 23
    Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer)

    Aww, #17 beat me to the punch. It’s totally a navigator.

  24. 24

    Vampyroteuthis always freaked me out.

    not because of what it looks like, but because nobody can decide if it is really an octopus, or a squid.

    hence, it sits in the superorder including octopus, but is in an order all on its own.

    in any case, it’s closer to an octopus than a squid in most aspects, including the fact it has 8 arms.

    …OTOH, they also have structures analogous to squid tentacles called velar filaments.


    and that’s where the infernal part of the name comes from, IMO.

  25. 25

    Slight OT.

    For Aussies, I noticed a promo for this documentary last night.

    SBS will be running Squids: Love And Death In One Night

    Examines the once a year phenomenon when the Californian squid come in their millions to mate in the shallow waters around the Californian coast. Their predators are, of course, well aware of this meeting. For many years, biologist Phil Sammet has been observing the Californian squid and has made some surprising discoveries. (From Germany, in English) (Documentary) G CC

  26. 26

    Nawww, look at its widdle… head… appendage… things… o_O

  27. 27

    I wish my eyes were a tenth of my body.

    I don’t. My cock is small enough as it is.

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