Posts tagged squid
Posts tagged squid
Figure. Two photographs of the same Taonius borealis showing eye orientation. Left - Anterior view with laterally oriented eyes. Right - Anterior-oblique view with anteriorly oriented eyes. Photographs © 2011 MBARI.
This squid is Taonius borealis, a species of deep-sea glass squid whose arms are always tucked up in a fancy pompadour.
It can also see your pathetic, wretched soul
It can also see into forever.
An illustration of Dana Octopus Squid, Taningia danae. The species is one of the larger bioluminescent squids, reaching up to 2.3 m in total length. It has been observed to emit blinding flashes of light from a pair of photophores on its arms in order to disorientate its prey.
Art by Chris Barela.
The sea is full of saints. You know that? You know that: you’re a big boy.
The sea’s full of saints and it’s been full of saints for years. Since longer than anything. Saints were there before there were even gods. They were waiting for them, and they’re still there now.
Saints eat fish and shellfish. Some of them catch jellyfish and some of them eat rubbish. Some saints eat anything they can find. They hide under rocks; they turn themselves inside out; they spit up spirals. There’s nothing saints don’t do.
Make this shape with your hands. Like that. Move your fingers. There, you made a saint. Look out, here comes another one! Now they’re fighting! Yours won.
There aren’t any big corkscrew saints any more, but there are still ones like sacks and ones like coils, and ones like robes with flapping sleeves. What’s your favourite saint? I’ll tell you mine. But wait a minute, first, do you know what it is makes them all saints? They’re all a holy family, they’re all cousins. Of each other, and of … you know what else they’re cousins of?
That’s right. Of gods.
Alright now. Who was it made you? You know what to say.
Who made you?
— The prologue of Kraken, by China Mieville.
Gamochonia, by Ernst Haeckel in Kunstformen der Natur.
From top left, clockwise:
Octopus vulgaris (dorsal)
While we’re at it, here’s a cute mugshot of a piglet squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi.
Also a deep sea dweller - mesopelagic to be specific.
A particularly epic reconstruction of Tusoteuthis (with a possibly mosasaur attacker)
ETA: it was made by 10TONS, a group of Denmark-based museum sculptors, which was founded by Esben Horn.
Another flying squid similar to Todarodes pacificus, but the Tree of Life website says that it’s probably Ommastrephes bartramii. On the Sea of Japan, photographed by Geoff Jones.
The photograph clearly illustrates certain features, including the webbing/gliding membranes, wide lateral fins, and the bright blue marking above the eyes.
5 favourite cephalopods countdown, no.4: Japanese Flying Squid, Todarodes pacificus.
Commonly growing to around 40-50 cm, these squid can jump out of the water and have been seen covering distances of 50 m above the surface. Often mistaken for Flying Fish, they are commonly found in the northern pacific. Pretty cool.
When squid meets octopus who will win? #squidofcourse #eightleggedwimps
For some reasons, Japan is heavily associated with octopus in my mind. Polynesian and Nordic cultures are pretty much the only other ones that feature cephalopod imageries prominently in their arts and mythology (and maybe Hellenistic cultures as well but not much in my opinion).
(source of photo here)
The firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) (also known as sparkling enope squid) is a small member of the squid family, growing to a length of only 3”. It is found at depths of 600-1200’ in the Western Pacific ocean. What makes this squid so beautiful and amazing is that it is bio-luminescent; equipped with special light-producing organs called photophores. These photophores are found on many parts of the squid’s body and emit a deep blue light. The lights can be flashed in unison or alternated in an endless number of patterns. These light shows are thought to serve several functions. They can be used to communicate with potential mates or rivals. They may also be used to disguise the squid’s shape and confuse predators, allowing it to escape.