Loligo pealei embryos

Figure from Nikon Small World Gallery.


  1. #1 reverted
    October 31, 2008

    For some reason, these things remind me vaguely of the Glukkons from the Oddworld videogame series. (I know… weird. But, still.)

  2. #2 Blackrend
    October 31, 2008

    So creepy lookin…

  3. #3 alex
    October 31, 2008

    they look a bit like three very small mormons who’ve just turned up on the doorstep.

  4. #4 Fernando Magyar
    October 31, 2008

    Bizzaro, though it may partly be due to the unnatural lighting.

  5. #5 s1do
    October 31, 2008

    No les acabo de ver la forma de los Loligo pealey adultos, claro que es lo que tienen los embriones, que son amorfos.

  6. #6 Prune
    October 31, 2008

    I reckon it’d be pretty easy to make cookies or gingerbread to a reasonable approximation of these embryos. Any baking types care to attempt?

  7. #7 amon
    October 31, 2008

    curly, larry & embrymo ?

  8. #8 Didac
    October 31, 2008


    No lightning in this picture, at all. It is not a photograph but an electrograph, through a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Green colour is only for aesthetic purposes.

  9. #9 Masks of Eris
    October 31, 2008

    Pareidolia strikes again! The one in the middle is even wearing a fedora!

  10. #10 John Morales
    October 31, 2008

    s1do, bueno, s, pero es solamente una bonita imagen 🙂
    PZ no dice nada mas.

  11. #11 djlactin
    October 31, 2008

    “eerie green embryos”. Now there’s a great name for an alt/indie band!

  12. #12 murgadroid
    October 31, 2008

    See no evil squid, hear no evil squid, speak no evil squid.


  13. #13 davem
    October 31, 2008

    If the one on the middle is wearing a Fedora, why are the other two wearing berets? I need to know.

  14. #14 E.V.
    October 31, 2008

    Christmas Carolers!
    Radioactive Hipster Snowmen

  15. #15 Masks of Eris
    October 31, 2008

    #13: Maybe it’s the infamous fedora-wearing gangster boss Al Cephalo and his two bereted ex-Army bodyguards? (“I could kill you with seven tentacles tied behind my back!”)

  16. #16 Lynnai
    October 31, 2008

    they appear to be grinning at me.

    I think I need more coffee.

  17. #17 Prof MTH
    October 31, 2008

    They remind me of Oogy Boogy Man.

  18. #18 Justin H.
    October 31, 2008

    They look like little witches. Norns of the Nautilus.

  19. #19 Mena
    October 31, 2008

    I really thought that the piglet squid at Cute Overload was going to show up here but this is cool too!

  20. #20 Mena
    October 31, 2008

    Oops, premature posting. Prune @6:
    How about an embryo bento lunch? That may be a bit easier due to having a lot of different materials available.

  21. #21 Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century
    October 31, 2008

    *with a pronounced lisp*
    Lisssten folks – the little green Martian cephalopods are coming to get YOU!

  22. #22 Newfie
    October 31, 2008

    Nice. Spinal Tap’s last drummer.

  23. #23 Dusty
    October 31, 2008

    They look like Wombles to me!

  24. #24 E.V.
    October 31, 2008

    Turn the image upside down and you’ve got three day-glo mustachioed french poodle heads with funky electronic collars.

  25. #25 Mad Hussein LOLScientist, FCD
    October 31, 2008

    Nice hat on the guy in the middle. 🙂

  26. #26 Jack Rawlinson`
    October 31, 2008

    Love the pork pie hat on the middle one. Must be into ska.

  27. #27 Sili
    October 31, 2008

    Looks more like a strawhat to me. Most likely a bent up Panama. Like Osgood Fielding III.

  28. #28 Paguroidea
    October 31, 2008

    There is a nice video of a pair of long-finned squid (Loligo pealei) swimming at . At the same website there are a number of links to more information about these interesting squid.

  29. #29 hery
    January 26, 2010

    what is that think ?

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