Friday Cephalopod: This Pokemon Go stuff is getting out of hand

I mean, really. This team of ‘scientists’ hijacked a valuable research submersible, strapped their gadget to it, and sent it cruising to a depth of 900 meters in the Pacific Ocean just to catch this goofy-looking purple thing.


Listen to these people…buncha giggly teenagers.

I’m a bit annoyed that they went to all this trouble to find it, and then they apparently were all out of pokeballs.


  1. blf says

    Serious question here: Could the bright lights on the submersible have damaged the critter’s eyesight, or even blinded it? I am presuming those eyes are very sensitive. According to Ye Pffffft! of All Knowledge, “Its depth range is 20 to 1,350 m”, and it seems to mostly be a bottom-dweller, which suggests (to me) bright light is not part of its normal routine (and, of course, ones shining directly at it certainly is not!).

    Indeed, The Cephalopod Page says “[t]hey are usually transfixed by a diver’s bright light, much like a frog in a pond or a deer transfixed in the road by an auto’s lights.” It goes on to note:

    The stubby squid does well in aquariums, provided they are kept cold (8–10°C) and are fed small live shrimp. The Seattle Aquarium has kept them continuously on display for more than 10 years. Visitors to the Aquarium frequently call them ‘cute.’ […]

    That suggests that, presumably with proper precautions — e.g., the Monterey Bay Aquarium has(? had?) an octopus on display in a darkened room with a request to not use camera flashes — it’s sort-of “Ok” with bright-ish lights.

  2. quotetheunquote says

    I don’t know who these people (in the submersible’s control room, I presume) are, but I love them already. Nothing like a bunch of serious researchers getting all maxed-out on enthusiasm when confronted by a novel discovery.

    Reminds me a bit of my volunteer work at the Long Point Bird Observatory. Every fall, there are sessions where we capture and band Northern Saw-whet Owls, which are more or less the avain equivalent of the purple cuttlefish. And every year, when the first one is “un-bagged” in the lab to be ringed and measured, everyone (novices and grizzled veteran alike) goes “Awwwwwww!…”

  3. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Pokemon Go is malware for our wetware. Seemingly innocuous little game that has infected our living wetware with obsession. Leading to car accidents similar to DUI, and also walking hazards as PokeHunters mindlessly walk across busy streets. Includes little teasers within the FREE program to drain our cash reserve for trivial features.
    Pokemon Go is the latest scourge on our society, up there with the ’60s transistor radios, ’70s Walkmans, ’90s GameBoys etc.
    *harumph* *grumble* *snort* *giggle*

  4. taco_emoji says

    I know next to nothing about cephalopods, but isn’t it abnormal for the eyes to be black-on-white like that? Searched Google Images for stubby squid and none of them have eyes like that.

  5. laurentweppe says

    Wrong Japanese video game franchise. That’s obviously Ultros.

    Wait a minute: if that’s the case…
    Oh shit: there’s a blond-haired clown with delusions of grandeur who’s dangerously close to causing the apocalypse

  6. blf says

    there’s a blond-haired clown with delusions of grandeur who’s dangerously close to causing the apocalypse

    Shorter description is Republicans.

  7. ck, the Irate Lump says

    laurentweppe wrote:

    Oh shit: there’s a blond-haired clown with delusions of grandeur who’s dangerously close to causing the apocalypse

    And we also have a wild-haired man who wants to lead a revolution against the group that clown represents, who ends up being a minor character in the end.