1. Betz says

    A pearl torpedo with what, stretchmarks?
    Sorry, I’m at work, temporarily grumpy. I’ll go away now.

  2. Art says

    I’m not so sure it is wise to conceptually cross-connect squid with underwater robotic weaponry. I have visions of both radical fundamentalists and engineers at the navy research center simultaneously reading this and exclaiming: “Squid torpedoes” … brilliant!

    For the next several years you can be assured that someone, somewhere is trying to figure out how to mount explosives on and motivate squid to attack ships.

    The western engineers seeking to genetically engineer squid to produce their own explosives and harbor a hatred of all things unamerican.

    Their eastern counterpart spend their time sewing ten sleeved explosive vests and fatally boring captive animals by reading long passages of the Koran to them.

    The remarkable thing is that the military-industrial planners and financiers on both sides will not think that either of these plans is ridiculous or in any way unusual.

    So it goes.

  3. says

    The Kraken by Tennyson

    Below the thunders of the upper deep;
    Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
    His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
    The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
    About his shadowy sides; above him swell
    Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
    And far away into the sickly light,
    From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
    Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
    Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
    There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
    Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
    Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
    Then once by man and angels to be seen,
    In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

  4. Betz says

    Aha, I rescind my rude comment and throw my delegates over to hot-rod flames.
    Can we rename them now? “Flamed squid” is way cooler than “veined squid”.

    Thanks for posting the jaunty fellow(?), PZ. BTW, do the sources of the Friday Cephalapods experience an Amazon uptick after being featured?

  5. Ichthyic says

    “Flamed squid” is way cooler than “veined squid”.

    hmm, speaking of band names, Flaming Squid sounds good.

  6. says

    speaking of band names, Flaming Squid sounds good.

    I’d go see a band named Flaming Squid. Actually I used to have a friend who played in a band that was, briefly, called Bionic Tuna. They changed their name back to The Happy Mutants.
    Anyway, this particular squid is beautiful, flames and all.

  7. craig says

    Looking at that, it’s not hard to imagine it wearing a nice ammonite shell.

  8. DLC says

    Something that streamlined just couldn’t have evolved!

    Nice picture.