Friday Cephalopod: Face like a puckered sphincter


I usually only have good things to say about cephalopods, but it’s hard to avoid the truth here: vampire squid aren’t exactly beauty queens.

Comments

  1. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Beautiful blue eye, though. Assuming that’s an eye.

  2. Cuttlefish says

    So you’re at a picnic, and you have the choice between making that potato salad last for two small bites or one big one, and you decide “fuck small bites” and take the big bite, because potato salad. And your Uncle Lloyd has been watching, and knows you are going to have your face all wrapped around potato salad, and has his iPhone out with camera on burst mode, and you know that one of two photographs of you are in your immediate future–either one with the worst possible expression while eating too big a bite of potato salad on the family FaceBook page, or your mugshot in the local paper from when you beat the living shit out of your Uncle Lloyd.

    This is a Vampire Squid who made the right choice.

    Respect.

  3. mudpuddles says

    Ah, PZ, no, I’ve got to take issue with that post title, that’s just awful, and horribly insulting to vampire squids. A face like a sharpei after sucking lemon juice off poison ivy, perhaps… but not that other thing.

  4. emergence says

    My final project for deep sea biology this semester was to come up with a speculative animal and explain its pysiological and ecological traits. I came up with a squid that crawls on the seafloor like an octopus. I don’t think I did very well on it though. It was really hard to find scientific papers to use as a basis for my project.

  5. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Odd. I happen to find both vampire squid and puckered sphincters quite charming, even appealing. :P

  6. Ice Swimmer says

    I wouldn’t go anywhere without my sphincter. If I didn’t keep it with me it would get lost and I’d be full of shit.

    Oh, about the vampire squid, the wrinkles are interesting and the eye is fascinating.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    I mean anus, not the sphincter, not having a sphincter would cause the opposite problem.

  8. anchor says

    Much MUCH preferable to the Donald’s face. Vampire squids are beautiful.