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Martin Christensen says
Is that a Squidmas ornament?
Susan aka atxcats says
If there is a god, s/he must be a Cephalopod!
PZ,have you seen this story involving zebrafish embryos? I know it is a subject almost as dear to your heart as Squidmas.
Fred Mounts says
More importantly, what are the ilk doing to prepare for Jesus’s return as a shark?
I hope he remembers that we’re friends, not food.
Glen Davidson says
Must be small, translucency and all. Icy blue, other than the yellow/brown.
I always have to wonder how differently these cephalopods appear five minutes after, in different places and under different conditions. Seems you can never really say, “this is what it looks like,” considering the color-changing they do.
Jesus is back, and he’s a shark.
We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
Anomic Entropy says
Nice! I had to call my eight-year-old daughter over so we could ooh and aah over that beauty together. I foresee a day of bonding over books about cephalopods. :o)
Oh, that is beautiful!
Lee Picton says
Until I recently became a regular reader (and aspiring ilk), I had no idea how beautiful these critters could be. Thanks for expanding my (squid) world.
Squidmas ornament! Brilliant! Want one please.
Glen Davidson says
I wonder if we’ll see Myers’ “body plan” comment on an IDiot blog, commenting that “a plan implies a planner”. Or are even they tired of that particular word-game?
Anyhow, this comment is intended to make it less likely.
Ok, while I still think that scorpions are about the sexiest creatures gracing the planet… that creature (the southern squid – sepioteuthis australis) was easily the most beautiful — it’s got to be utterly enchanting just to watch.
Who’m I kidding, it still wouldn’t date me.
Some people in Mississippi who think Cephalopods were magically created are voting in a poll for teaching creationism in biology classrooms. This poll needs Pharyngulization.
From Tupelo, Mississippi:
Should topics such as creationism or intelligent design be taught in
public schools alongside the theory of evolution? (related article)
The correct answer, NO, is losing badly.
Related article: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=280120
Darwinists in denial? The Discovery Institute says a group of Darwinists who are opposing efforts by the Texas State Board of Education to allow evolution to be debated in the classroom are clinging to 19th century science in the 21st century.
Or are even they tired of that particular word-game?
come now, Glen.
You KNOW they never tire of repeating the same inanity.
If they tired of it, they might start to actually question it.
can’t have that.
Cephalopods: A World Guide by Mark Norman
I really have to go buy this book. Really beautiful pictures PZ is linking from that source.
Opalescent! Luminescent! Transcendent!
Bride of Shrek OM says
Almost 20 posts and no one has asked if they can eat it yet. Must be some sort of record.
Gorgeous little critter.
After having a really shitty week (nine year relationship down the pan) I needed something extraordinary to make me feel a little better, thanks for the picture.
Dr. Zoidberg says
Hooray, I’m beautiful!
I admire its sense of style and color :-p
Alan Kellogg says
It is getting close to Newtontide after all.
For Glenn D @ #5: That’s blue tinged flesh you’re seeing there. Tis a translucent beast. :)
I think it’s pre-adapted to be a Cephalopodmas ornament at the top of the tree.
Squidmas ornament, indeed. In blown glass.
Has PZ started designing shirts for http://shirt.woot.com/ ? Today’s shirt, and October 4th’s shirt are right up his alley.
Exceptionally beautiful !