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Sep 07 2012

Friday Cephalopod: What is best in life?

To mate many times, see the eggs laid in droves, and to swim among the mighty accomplishments of fecund females!

(via Moss Landing Marine Labs)

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  1. 1
    chigau (違う)

    Hey!
    That looks like my fovorite Japanese snack.

  2. 2
    Weed(less) Monkey

    That looks like my fovorite Japanese snack.

    Hmm, I don’t know… shouldn’t it be a bit more fermented? *pokes with a 2 metre stick while holding nose*

  3. 3
    chigau (違う)

    Weed Monkey
    Dried and salted.
    My kitteh loves them!

  4. 4
    Weed(less) Monkey

    chigau

    Dried and salted.
    My kitteh loves them!

    I probably would too. :) And I admit to stealing some of the dried European smelts I’ve bought for her, tossing them with lemon and salt and just crunching away.

  5. 5
    Crudely Wrott

    And the squid looked down upon their work
    And they saw that it was good.
    And that was the end of the last day.
    .

    Pity the poor squiddy
    Who never know their chil’en.
    And pity those poor kiddies
    Who did never get taught nuthin’.
    .

    How do they ever manage?

  6. 6
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    I never knew Crom was a squid god

  7. 7
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Rain and wind come from the sea, from the gods of the sea. But Crom is your god, Crom and he lives in the water. Once, giants lived in the Ocean, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of chitin. Crom was angered. And the Ocean shook. Rain and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of chitin and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just squid. Not gods. Not giants. Just squid. The secret of chitin has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one – no one in this world can you trust. Not squid, not octopi not fish.

  8. 8
    McC2lhu doesn't want to know what you did there.

    You forgot the obligatory intro of: THANK CROM IT’S FRIDAY!

  9. 9
    McC2lhu doesn't want to know what you did there.

    And of course, the ‘crush your enemies’ bit from Conan, The Musical!

  10. 10
    mikeconley

    Rev. BigDumbChip@7: That is simply brilliant.

    McC2lhu@9: I had never seen that, but thank you for that. Someone out there has true genius.

    (The first Conan film is one of my top 10 favourites of all time, and the only role (other than the very first Terminator) that Arnold was simply born to play. Of the sequel, we will say no more.)

  11. 11
    McC2lhu doesn't want to know what you did there.

    Oh, and in response to PZ’s OP: “That is good!” (Followed by narration by Mako Iwamatsu(RIP))

  12. 12
    MG Myers

    Some fun facts about Loligo opalescens, the California Market squid:

    Loligo opalescens eggs are laid on sandy bottom substrates in 10-50 m depth, although there is a report of a shrimp trawler pulling up eggs from 800 m. Females encapsulate hundreds of eggs in a sheath that is made of many layers of protein. Bacteria grow between the layers and may serve as an antibiotic to prevent fungal infection. Females insert the egg capsules into the sand with a sticky substance that anchors them in place so that the ocean surge can aerate them. The presence of eggs on the bottom of tanks stimulates females to lay more eggs. Groups of capsules are placed in masses that can extend into egg beds. Some egg beds can cover acres of the ocean floor.

  13. 13
    Nentuaby

    Dude, PZ. Not cool. I read WarrenEllis.com. I just about had a heart attack when I read “what is best in life.” :P

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