Mar 08 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Fecund & Flashy

Last year, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium caught a paper nautilus that survived long enough to lay a few tens of thousands of hatchlings.


It must be nice to be a member of a species that’s beautiful at every stage of life, rather than none.



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    Some kid sure get to do cool tricks with their skin cells. Colour me jealous.

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    I jealous of anything that can dynamically reconfigure their tattoos by sheer will power.
    All I can ever do is look more or less pink.

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    Argonauts! awesome.
    The Calrillo Marine Museum is also awesome. I taught Vertebrate Biology at UCLA once upon a time and we used to do a field trip down there for the grunion run. Totally cool place.

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    Brian Gygi

    Those are beautiful, but I’m puzzled why you think it would be “nice” to be such a creature. I hate to get all relativist on you, but being beautiful to humans does not change how these creatures think of each other or themselves – every species probably thinks their type is beautiful. And does being beautiful to humans mean they are treated any better by humans – sadly the evidence seems to indicate the opposite…

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    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    They all died. Now I haz sadness.

    They are all gorgeous, and I hope humans don’t figure out a way to destroy them.

    On further reflection, I’ll add: even for organisms that aren’t that beautiful, I hope humans don’t figure out a way to destroy them (certain infectious organisms and parasites excepted).

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