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Friday Cephalopod: nice eyes

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Amphitretus pelagicus

There are many more photos of adorable creatures of the deep sea at this site.

Comments

  1. #1 RickU
    April 27, 2007

    Thanks for the link! Deep sea creatures are awesome. A little more than 3/4′s down the page is a black eyed squid. Any idea what it’s carrying? Is that it’s brood?

  2. #2 MarkH
    April 27, 2007

    I would hardly call the Fanfin Seadevil adorable!

    In the picture you posted, I can make out the eyes, but are the other two pink shapes it’s brain and beak?

    The other photos on the site are spectacular. Far better than any human-designed alien species, IMHO.

  3. #3 dorid
    April 27, 2007

    I think they’re ALL cute. My youngest has a thing for deep sea creatures, but she’s more into angler fish. She epcecially likes viper fish. Me, I like the inverts. I think those red plumed tube worms are the CUTEST!

  4. #4 Faithful Reader
    April 27, 2007

    I like the dumbo octopus; do we know anything else about this nifty creature?

  5. #5 Talapus
    April 27, 2007

    For some reason it looks vaguely like Darth Vader. Or maybe Chad Vader.

  6. #6 Scholar
    April 27, 2007

    Ewww, I can see it’s brain! Looks a lot like my 5th grade teacher actually, only slightly more evolved.

  7. #7 whitney
    April 27, 2007

    Very cool! Thanks for the photo link, I’m really enjoying looking at these when I need a break from paper-writing.

    Also, I thought you might enjoy this post from the CRAFT blog yesterday: Octopus love!

  8. #8 K. Signal Eingang
    April 27, 2007

    He is disguising himself as a martini!

    (clearly the photo was printed upside-down)

  9. #9 KC
    April 27, 2007

    Thanks for the link. My daughter got a kick out of finding out that ‘snails’ and ‘worms’ live underwater. I’m kind of partial towards that reddish creature above the Munnopis. Has it been identified/named?

  10. #10 KeithB
    April 27, 2007

    PZ:
    Are you on the committee for this years LA Times festival of books?

    http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/

  11. #11 T R Carroll
    April 27, 2007

    Though they’re relatively common in my area , my heart still flutters when I find an “Othoceras” with an exposed siphuncle .

  12. #12 SEF
    April 27, 2007

    It’s Robbie the Robot (reincarnated as a cephalopod)! :-D

  13. #13 raincoaster
    April 29, 2007

    That site is diggbait, as you can guess from the name. The actual site that originally uploaded the photos is http://www.thedeepbook.org as you can see from the watermarks on the pix.