Friday Cephalopod: Squink


If you’ve ever wondered what squid ink is made of, here’s your answer:

Generally, cephalopod ink includes melanin, enzymes related to melanin production, catecholamines, peptidoglycans, free amino acids and metals.

But mostly melanin. And mucus.

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  1. says

    Here’s another good use that you’ll find opportunities for all the time: when someone throws out a cloud of incoherent obfuscations for something stupid they’ve just said, they’re squinking. Creationists, MRAs, and Republicans do it all the time — Just watch Jack Kingston or Jeffrey Lord or Kellyann Conway sometime. Nonstop squinking.

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

    Generally, cephalopod ink includes melanin, enzymes related to melanin production,

    But mostly melanin.

    Does this mean the fucking Nazis are gonna grab their tiki torches and go march threateningly on the seabed?

    …I think I could live with that.

  3. says

    PZ:

    Here’s another good use that you’ll find opportunities for all the time: when someone throws out a cloud of incoherent obfuscations for something stupid they’ve just said, they’re squinking.

    Oh, that’s excellent! I’ll have plenty of occasion to use it.

  4. Raucous Indignation says

    But, but but … it’s delicious! You’re slandering one of my most very, very favorite foods! The one time I was in Venice, I had at least one dish ala Venezia every day. Risotto al Nero di Seppia is sublime! Transcendent!! Emotionally moving!!! Catarsi della cucina!!!!
    Noooooooooooo!!!!!

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