Jan 07 2013

Making babies

The first bit of this video is an opalescent squid filling her egg sac; then the cool and special part is how many squid mothers carefully insert their sac into a community cluster. Oh, man, they’re just lovely.


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    chigau (違う)

    Now I want to see them hatch.

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    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    That was awesome.

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    Wow, thank you for featuring this on Pharyngula! I’m a fan and never expected to see my stuff here. Cheers!

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    That’s beautiful.

    And I love the way, when she is filling the egg sack, it looks like she is giving the camera the stink-eye. Sort of, “Why are you filming this?”

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    chigau (違う)

    Very nice work, damiand.

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Oh, man, they’re just lovely.

    They really are. And what a nicely done video.

  7. 7
    Hekuni Cat, MQG

    Simply wonderful.

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    cm's changeable moniker (quaint, if not charming)

    It is all kinds of awesome, but I kind of expected something at the end to go “ooh, squid egg sacs, NYOM”.

    Do they really just leave them there? That’s brave.

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    That’s really pretty neat! I loved the music.
    I don’t know much about squid and was
    surprised at the large size of her eyes.
    I, too, wonder how any of the little ones ever
    survive predator attacks. Those egg sacs look
    awfully defenseless.

  10. 10
    Taslima Nasreen

    Wow, So beautiful!

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    I too wonder how the community hatchery is protected. It looks to vulnerable. Also, in the first part of the film, is the egg sack in among the tentacles?

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    How does mom attach the egg-sack to the twig (or whatever that stick-like item is)?

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    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    I guess there’s no squid equivalence to “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

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    Why do some types of squid pile their egg sacs together? It seems like a great way to let predators find all the eggs in one place to eat them all.

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    Yog Sothoth

    Wow, that was truly amazing, I never had any idea that squid did this communal egg sac thing. I wonder what the purpose of it is?

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