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Friday Cephalopod: nom nom nom nom

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Sepia apama

Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

Comments

  1. #1 SEF
    October 17, 2008

    “I can has fishburger?!”

  2. #2 JohnnieCanuck, FCD
    October 17, 2008

    Cuteoverload captions may attract nuffers. You have been warned. Nom.

  3. #3 Kel
    October 17, 2008

    Cephalopods creep me out. Very cool creatures, but a complete affront to God!

  4. #4 bsk
    October 17, 2008

    Just admit it, PZ. You’re a closet 4chan /b/tard, aren’t you?

  5. #5 Jams
    October 17, 2008

    Lawsuit against God thrown out over lack of address
    link

  6. #6 Joshu
    October 17, 2008

    http://cgi.4chan.org/gif/src/1224226860273.gif

    This seems rather appropriate. If only there were a cephalopod version!

  7. #7 Kobra
    October 17, 2008

    @6: 4chan links die fast.

  8. #8 Richard Harris
    October 17, 2008

    Jams @ # 5, Lawsuit against God thrown out over lack of address

    This stinks. The law is trying to protect the big shit. Everyone knows its address – it’s The Pearly Gates, Heaven.

    Anyway, as the bugger is claimed to be omniscient, it therefore knows about the writ being served, so it should respond to it. Or at least instruct one of its agents to act on its behalf. I hope this legal action hasn’t run its course.

  9. #9 Shadow
    October 17, 2008

    o hai!

    you has a flavour!

  10. #10 SoMG
    October 17, 2008

    I hope everyone saw McCain on Letterman. If you didn’t let’s just say he had to use the lessons he learned in the Navy about how to behave while being berated by his superiors.

    Dave sounded sad as he asked “Suppose you get incapacitated as presidents do and we get another 911. The best person to lead us through it is Sarah Palin?”

    Also “You understand that someone can make the same case about your relationship with G. Gordon Liddy that your campaign is making about Ayers?”

    Dave deserves an award. He should be the moderator at the next Presidential Debate.

  11. #11 SoMG
    October 17, 2008

    Jodie Foster for Prez 2016!

  12. #12 Sili
    October 17, 2008

    I used to know this biologist who had a penchant for whales. Sad story.

    In the end he grew quite mad at the prospect of the critters dying out before long. So he went to an intensive researchproject – part biochem, part dark arts, I think.

    After a coupla years he hit upon a solution (literally) that would allow his beloved cetaceans to live forever.

    Only one snag. He needed the blood of a very rare bird to make his brew – Acridotheres cristatellus. Now this poor fella is endangered too, but my friend didn’t care (he was quite the mammalist even before he went mad).

    So in the middle of the darkest night he went to a zoo where they kept one the few remaining cristatelli. He got into the birdhouse without much trouble and to his great relief he managed to pick up the bird without a squeak. He stuffed it in a bag and went to leave.

    Unfortunately the zoo’s old male lion had escaped its enclosure that self same night and when he tried leaving the birdhouse the old cat had laid down to sleep right in front of the door.

    Now, time was running out and he really wanted to leave fast before the nightwatch caught him, so he threw all caution to the wind and as carefully as possible tried to step over the cat without waking it.

    BAM! The light came on everywhere and my poor (former) friend found himself surrounded by police brandishing guns. “Halt!” they cried, “You’re under arrest for attempt to carry a myna over a staid lion for immortal porpoises!”

  13. #13 gruggach
    October 17, 2008

    One fish, two fish.
    Cuttlefish, blue fish!

  14. #14 Doug Little
    October 17, 2008

    Hey PZ,

    Check this nutbag out. He is running for the supreme court of Minnesota, you need to get the word out so he has no chance.

    http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2008/10/meet_the_candidate_minnesota_s.php#more

  15. #15 s1do
    October 17, 2008

    Nice shot! how many time they’ll take to decide conquering the world? :P

  16. #16 Darth Wader
    October 17, 2008

    Who says cuttlefish don’t have soles?

  17. #17 The Perky Skeptic
    October 17, 2008

    *squee!* Cuttlefish are the cutest, cutest things on the planet!!!!

  18. #18 Ceph
    October 17, 2008

    Mmmm. Me hungry.

  19. #19 jenny
    October 17, 2008

    What’s species is the dinner?

  20. #20 Tim
    October 17, 2008

    Sushi, every expletive day, sushi.

  21. #21 Jams
    October 17, 2008

    “Anyway, as the bugger is claimed to be omniscient, it therefore knows about the writ being served, so it should respond to it.” – Richard Harris

    Hearsay testimony of God’s omniscience isn’t evidentiary. It still needs to be demonstrated that God is physically capable of receiving and understanding the notice. Has God received any other unaddressed notices?

  22. #22 Darth Wader
    October 17, 2008

    Hearsay testimony of God’s omniscience isn’t evidentiary. It still needs to be demonstrated that God is physically capable of receiving and understanding the notice. Has God received any other unaddressed notices?

    Well my mom’s friend’s sister’s cousin was heal miraculously after being prayed for. So it sounds like he is getting the messages, he just not responding to the vast majority.

  23. #23 Another Primate
    October 17, 2008

    Mmmmmm….. Tasty…

  24. #24 AwesomeRobot
    October 17, 2008

    That’s why they call them cuddle-fish ^_^

  25. #25 Paul Lundgren
    October 17, 2008

    Sili, did anyone ever tell you that puns are only ever funny if they’re not contrived?

    Eats chutes and leaves.

  26. #26 Tim
    October 17, 2008

    You meant “Eats, shoots and leaves” didn’t you?, A chute would be entirely too chewy.

  27. #27 Glen Davidson
    October 17, 2008

    That’s a poor example to our children.

    It’s why evolution must be stopped.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/2kxyc7

  28. #28 Cuttlefish, OM
    October 17, 2008

    A small blue fish–it’s all I wish;
    A crunchy, chewy, tasty dish!
    Each little bite is pure delight–
    I’d nom nom nom all day and night!

    Every day, the inky deep
    Is where a cuttlefish may creep
    That little fish? Today it’s him–
    Tomorrow, children as they swim!

  29. #29 mandydax
    October 17, 2008

    Oh my God! They ate Dora! You bastards!

  30. #30 Qwerty
    October 17, 2008

    I am sure that Bill Donohue of the Catholic League would approve of this picture. After all, it’s Friday and the Cephalopod is eating fish.

  31. #31 uncle noel
    October 17, 2008

    You’ve got it all wrong: this is clearly a photo of a cuttlefish kissing its pet fish. They’re very affectionate.

  32. #32 Bob
    October 17, 2008

    Thanks for these pics, P.Z…

    The world is such a fucking amazing place…

    (And my kid is now sleeping through the night! YAY!)

  33. #33 Yossarian
    October 17, 2008

    One of the best Friday cephalopods yet.

  34. #34 Patricia
    October 17, 2008

    That’s down right naughty!
    That feller is gazin’ up the lady’s skirt.
    Thunderation! The goins’ on that some biologists approve of.

  35. #35 PeteC
    October 17, 2008

    Does anyone else get just a tiny bit creeped out by scenes where the prey is a closer relative to you than the predator? I’m thinking of snakes eating mice, insect larvae eating fish, etc.

  36. #36 Ichthyic
    October 17, 2008

    What’s species is the dinner?

    can’t tell for sure, but having worked on many of them, I’d say it’s a damselfish.

    probably a species of Chromis.

    hard to tell scale. If that’s a small cuttlefish, I’d say it’s one of these guys:

    http://www.nano-reef.com/fish/images/greenchromis1.jpg

  37. #37 Sven DiMilo
    October 17, 2008

    At first glance I thought it was labeled Sepia obama.
    Then the fish could be Exsenator mccaini.

  38. #38 jimellismusic
    October 17, 2008

    Is the fish freshly caught by the cf or was it scavenged? Or if it is being fed, which of those two things would be true in the wild? (I have no explanation for my curiosity to know this. I think my brain is being run by little robots and for some reason they want to know and they are making me find out.)
    I love this site.
    Nothin’ but luv
    from
    Jim and his little robots

  39. #39 Ichthyic
    October 17, 2008

    Is the fish freshly caught by the cf

    judging by the color of the fish (still bright blue), I’d say it was a fresh capture.

    cuttlefish are excellent hunters, btw.

  40. #40 Kurt
    October 17, 2008

    I guess the next step is for someone to waterproof a consecrated host and feed it to a Catholic Cephalopod…

  41. #41 Ichthyic
    October 17, 2008

    Catholic Cephalopod…

    how could you tell?

    do they have a chromataphore pattern that looks like a bishop’s mitre?

    OTOH, that might more likely mean they are a worshiper of Dagon, given the context.

  42. #42 Michaela
    October 17, 2008

    Cthulhufish!

  43. #43 s1mplex
    October 17, 2008

    PeteC:

    How about those videos of a centipede eating a mouse!

  44. #44 Darth Wader
    October 17, 2008

    How about those videos of a centipede eating a mouse!

    necrotizing fasciitis vs chimpanzee

    I win

  45. #45 jimellismusic
    October 17, 2008

    My robots clank thank you.
    jim

  46. #46 tresmal
    October 17, 2008

    Hurray! Cthulhu ate me first!

  47. #47 Fernando Magyar
    October 17, 2008

    Darth Wader @ 44,

    Then you’ll really love this one…

    A Case of Mortal Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Trunk Resulting From a Centipede (Scolopendra moritans) Bite.

    http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/ijem/vol2n2/centipede.xml

  48. #48 Ragutis
    October 17, 2008

    So, Cuttlefish, what’s the going rate for your work? Is it scaled? A cardinalfish for a couplet? A hawkfish for a haiku? Basslet for a ballad? Snapper for a sonnet?

  49. #49 Cuttlefish, OM
    October 18, 2008

    I do love lobster…
    You need some pentameter?
    Make me an offer.

  50. #50 Patricia
    October 18, 2008

    Oh, that Cuttlefish! He’s tricksy.

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