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Friday Cephalopod: Piglet!

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Helicocranchia sp.

Figure from The Deep(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Claire Nouvian.

Comments

  1. #1 American Scot
    September 28, 2007

    It does look like a piglet! Pretty cool!

  2. #2 Rudi Tapper
    September 28, 2007

    Moomins ARE real! I always knew!

  3. #3 windy
    September 28, 2007

    That’s no piglet, that’s Moomintroll! Or possibly his girlfriend.

  4. #4 Brigit
    September 28, 2007

    The poor baby needs some cuddles. Come here little crowned piggy, cuddle cuddle time!

  5. #5 Jsn
    September 28, 2007

    Once I found my monocle (after losing it in my shocked reaction to all that sports blather, evidently), I see it’s quite Seussian. Horton hears a Heliocrank, perhaps?
    Oh, BTW MFs, GO COWBOYS!

  6. #6 gg
    September 28, 2007

    I didn’t know that Jim Henson’s company did cephalopods…

    #3: “That’s no piglet, that’s Moomintroll!”

    Holy crap, you just hit me with this intense childhood flashback…

  7. #7 SEF
    September 28, 2007

    As piglets go, it’s lacking any legs and having a bad “hair” day. As a putative moomintroll, it probably has more credibility but is still lacking legs.

  8. #8 Alison
    September 28, 2007

    That has to be one of the cutest cephalopods I’ve ever seen! Can you teach it to do tricks? 😉

  9. #9 David Marjanovi?
    September 28, 2007

    I’m stunned.

    Let me just repeat comment 4.

  10. #10 David Marjanovi?
    September 28, 2007

    I’m stunned.

    Let me just repeat comment 4.

  11. #11 Diego
    September 28, 2007

    I think it’s Helicocranchia not Heliocranchia.

  12. #12 Sili
    September 28, 2007

    The proper response to this is of course

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  13. #13 Kseniya
    September 28, 2007

    That is SO awesome. The “hair” is beyond belief.

    LOL @ Moomins, but (though I hestitate to offer this glimpse into my diseased mind) the first thing that skittered through my head was that this was a frame from an animated clip documenting “the intrepid little time-release gelcap’s trip through the digestive system.”

  14. #14 Kseniya
    September 28, 2007

    Oh by the way, I suspect the pic is upside-down, a view that greatly enhances its cuteness. I dl’d the pic and rotated it 180 degrees, and the effect is quite sinister.

    This creature rocks in ANY orientation. 🙂

  15. #15 Kseniya
    September 28, 2007

    Errr… maybe not.

  16. #16 John Marley
    September 28, 2007

    Flip the picture upside-down and it looks like a cute-but-vaguely-sinister Cthulu.

  17. #17 John Marley
    September 28, 2007

    Kseniya beat me to it.

  18. #18 K. Signal Eingang
    September 28, 2007

    A planet where squids evolved from Fraggles?!?!?!

  19. #19 BruceJ
    September 28, 2007

    Somewhat OT, but I went to my mailbox yesterday and the cover of this month’s Smithsonian Magazine is familiar…and is impossibly cute…

  20. #20 Puddock
    September 28, 2007

    That is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long while!

    Amazing pictures, amazing creatures…what a wonderful world we live in.

  21. #21 ElJay
    September 28, 2007

    I have to ask,does anyone know if these are these as yummy to eat as regular calamari are?

  22. #22 Brigit
    September 28, 2007

    It does look like a Fraggle! That makes him even more cute, come heeere little sweetie pie!

  23. #23 octopod
    September 28, 2007

    AWW! PZ, I thought you disapproved of supercute cephalopods. Upside-down, it looks like a chubby transparent cartoon walrus!

  24. #24 Don Quijote
    September 28, 2007

    The little fellow on the picture is really cute. I hope we get to see Eeyore next week.

  25. #25 mommyrex
    September 28, 2007

    It’s like a cartoon manatee with a Las Vegas showgirl headdress. Awesome!

  26. #26 erimo
    September 29, 2007

    Reminds me of “sea pigs”, sea cucumbers that live in the deep ocean. Dare I say they are even cuter?

  27. #27 Jonathan
    September 29, 2007

    Next time Disney says it can’t feature invertebrates…

  28. #28 Geta
    September 30, 2007

    No you may not say so, erimo. Just no..

    Yes, something Fraggleish, yes! Cutest squiddie ever! Squee.

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