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Aug 07 2012

Meanwhile, off the coast of Oregon at a depth of 2000 meters…

…beautiful things happen.

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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    Dumbo wafting gently through the current. It’s heaven in liquid form.

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    That was stunningly beautiful.

  3. 3
    Worldtraveller

    That’s a bit deep and cold for just a wetsuit eh? Looks like I’ll have to get dry suit certified….

  4. 4
    maxdwolf

    2000 meters? Wow! That’s like 20 Godzillas.

  5. 5
    PatrickG

    20 Godzillas indeed… I just can’t get over the concept of something as squishy (-seeming) as an octopus withstanding ~2×10^4 kPa*. It just boggles my mind.

    I mean, was that really at 2km depth? Really? Brain. Struggling.

    SQUISHY BUT STRONG.

    *P_atm = 101.3 kPa.

  6. 6
    mepmep09

    Beautiful thang, that was.

  7. 7
    cactuswren

    Wings. It has wings.

    I DID NOT KNOW THERE WERE OCTOPI WITH WINGS.

  8. 8
    otrame

    *sigh

    Beautiful thing.

  9. 9
    khms

    withstanding ~2×10^4 kPa

    Why would it need to?

  10. 10
    No One

    Out-fucking-standing! I love this planet!

  11. 11
    Olav

    Khms, #9, exactly. Its internal pressure would of course be equal to the water pressure.

  12. 12
    kayden

    Nice video — funny how the deep sea looks like outer space: black and spooky. The music is soothing too. (I can kind of play Moonlight Sonata — very badly though).

  13. 13
    Pyra

    I love the wings. There’s so much about aquatic life I don’t know. This was a nice lesson for the day.

  14. 14
    ChasCPeterson

    grimpy.
    Very, very grimpy.

    other underwater flyers:
    various birds, notably penguins
    rays
    sea turtles
    Carettochelys
    …?

  15. 15
    bad Jim

    Dumbo with a multi-tentacular trunk. Those ears!

    When you look into their eyes, cephalopods are completely copacetic, but when they smile and their tentacles writhe, you can either regard them with horror as avatars of Cthulhu, or instead reflect, huh, I wouldn’t have thought of that.

  16. 16
    PatrickG

    Yeah, I wrote that off in some haste. It was meant as sort of a ‘if you put me in that water suddenly, things would go badly’ metaphor that obviously failed. :)

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