Friday Cephalopod: I’m so tired of cute

Give me grizzled, battered, and well-worn. Plasticky, smooth, and fresh is so freaking uninteresting.


  1. feedmybrain says

    I clicked on the pic in the hope of an enlarged image, some reference as to the size or more info but I didn’t get what I was after…
    Why are all the specimens next to little bottles?

  2. Trebuchet says

    Looks dead to me. If I’m going to be up close and personal with one of those, that’s the way I’d prefer it.

  3. dysomniak, darwinian socialist says

    Hard to get a sense of scale but I’m guessing at least a meter long? It seems somehow… dignified.

  4. Brownian says

    Why are all the specimens next to little bottles?

    Visual indicator of size, I suspect. If you look at pictures of rocks and geology features, you’ll see little rulers, rock hammers, pens, keys, glasses: whatever the photographer has available to give a sense of size.

    The Architeuthis photo doesn’t have one and as dysomniak pointed out, it’s hard to get the scale.