Jan 03 2014

Friday Cephalopod: They call him “Slim”

For perspective, it’s roughly 10 meters long.


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    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Wow. What’s it called, octopus timburtonius? It’s the Jack Skellington of cephalopods.

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    David Marjanović


  3. 3

    I think “Stretch” would be more appropriate. I’d hate to have to knit a sweater for that guy.

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    throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble


  5. 5

    I keep looking for a really creepy marionette on the end of those strings.

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    Gregory Greenwood

    I saw this picture, and I was immediately put in mind of the theme from X-Files.

    The truth is indeed out there but, contrary to all the Moulder and Scully wannabes that clog up the internet with laughable conspiracy theories, it is an awesome (if slightly creepy looking, at least to the eyes of this semi-hairless ape) cephalopod, not probe-happy aliens.

  7. 7

    it awaits in The Deep

  8. 8

    Slenderlopod! Run! Don’t look at it!

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    Assuming the 7828 is in meters, that is pretty deep, alright.

  10. 10

    I first saw that picture about five years ago and I have never forgotten it. That’s the scariest real creature I have ever seen. (And that includes huge spiders, and I’m an arachnaphobe.)

  11. 11

    Yes, Magnapinna finally makes an appearance as Friday Cephalopod! I’ve been waiting for this day ever since I first started reading Pharyngula over two years ago! For those of you who don’t know, this image was captured by an ROV operated by Shell Oil at the Perdido drilling site off the cost of Texas in 2007. It was only the tenth time the squid was ever seen. All cephalopods are amazing, but Magnapinna has got to be my favorite. It’s so alien looking, and so mysterious. Very little is known about its behavior.

    Here’s a video from the Shell Perdido footage:

    It’s quite haunting, but beautiful at the same time.

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    @betelgeux So… The image was shot at “The Damned?” That’s… Appropriate.

  13. 13

    Here’s some more footage, taken by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute according to the video uploader. It was filmed in Oahu, not “The Damned”, unfortunately, but it’s still pretty neat.

  14. 14

    Damnit, I didn’t want that to embed. Sorry for all you mobile users.

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    otrame #9: 7828 had to be feet. No place in the Gulf is that deep in meters. Most of it is much shallower than 7000 feet, but there are . . . oh, hell, google Gulf of Mexico depth. That’s what I did.

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    Acolyte of Sagan

    If that thing is 10 metres long, how big was the beast that ejaculated the two massive sperm underneath it?

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

    Morpheus and the rest of the crew need to power down the ship, stat.

  18. 18

    How does that even work?

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