Figure from The Deep(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Claire Nouvian.
It does look like a piglet! Pretty cool!
Moomins ARE real! I always knew!
That’s no piglet, that’s Moomintroll! Or possibly his girlfriend.
The poor baby needs some cuddles. Come here little crowned piggy, cuddle cuddle time!
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!
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…
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.
That has to be one of the cutest cephalopods I’ve ever seen! Can you teach it to do tricks? 😉
Let me just repeat comment 4.
I think it’s Helicocranchia not Heliocranchia.
The proper response to this is of course
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.”
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. 🙂
Errr… maybe not.
Flip the picture upside-down and it looks like a cute-but-vaguely-sinister Cthulu.
Kseniya beat me to it.
A planet where squids evolved from Fraggles?!?!?!
Somewhat OT, but I went to my mailbox yesterday and the cover of this month’s Smithsonian Magazine is familiar…and is impossibly cute…
That is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long while!
Amazing pictures, amazing creatures…what a wonderful world we live in.
I have to ask,does anyone know if these are these as yummy to eat as regular calamari are?
It does look like a Fraggle! That makes him even more cute, come heeere little sweetie pie!
AWW! PZ, I thought you disapproved of supercute cephalopods. Upside-down, it looks like a chubby transparent cartoon walrus!
The little fellow on the picture is really cute. I hope we get to see Eeyore next week.
It’s like a cartoon manatee with a Las Vegas showgirl headdress. Awesome!
Reminds me of “sea pigs”, sea cucumbers that live in the deep ocean. Dare I say they are even cuter?
Next time Disney says it can’t feature invertebrates…
No you may not say so, erimo. Just no..
Yes, something Fraggleish, yes! Cutest squiddie ever! Squee.
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Is it just me or does that fish look horrified?
Who among you has taught or studied vertebrate anatomy? I have. It’s cool. Skeletal and muscular…
I keep telling students that the key thing in photography is lighting.