For some reason, Grimpoteuthis always makes me think of Wimpy.


(via Frozenly, which also has a number of other photos of weird creatures found in the Mariana Trench)


  1. #1 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 26, 2010

    Did a stork deliver this one too?

  2. #2 Aquaria
    February 26, 2010

    Hey–it’s Day-Glo Mr. Potato Head!

  3. #3 Brownian, OM
    February 26, 2010

    Sorry PZ, but that’s clearly Admiral Ackbar. Unless of course, we’re meant to think that. It’s a trap!

  4. #4 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    February 26, 2010

    Bring out the Grimp.

    The Grimp is sleeping.

    Well then, I guess you better wake him up.

    I am almost embarrassed.

  5. #5 and7barton
    February 26, 2010

    How come he’s wearing my old brothel-creepers ?

  6. #6 F
    February 26, 2010

    Naw, it’s an animated lima bean.

  7. #7 Joel
    February 26, 2010

    When I saw the picture I actually first thought it looked like a parrot.

  8. #8 queensowntalia
    February 26, 2010

    Awww. Almost as adorable as a piglet squid (my personal favorite weird cephalopod.)

  9. #9 Glen Davidson
    February 26, 2010

    Wow, an irridescent rock started to walk around in slippers.

    Abiogenesis right before your eyes, Stephen Meyer.

    Glen D

  10. #10 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 26, 2010

    I am almost embarrassed.


  11. #11 aratina cage of the OM
    February 26, 2010

    Good golly Miss Molly. It’s Gonzo’s nose gone wild!

  12. #12 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 26, 2010

    piglet squid

    Oh dear Cosmic Muffin, don’t let Ken Ham know about them.

  13. #13 timrowledge
    February 26, 2010

    Good grief – have you seen some of the other delightful creatures on the Frozenly page? Ping-pong tree sponge? Munnopsis? Wow.

    Clearly, nothing like those could have evolved, so we must accept that H.R.Giger is in fact god.

  14. #14 Squiddhartha
    February 26, 2010

    More like Wimpoteuthis, amirite?

  15. #15 Joffan
    February 26, 2010

    I wish to second the following:

    An “iridescent” “Admiral Ackbar” “Head” with “brothel-creepers”.

    Well done all. A full identification.

  16. #16 pjsouza
    February 26, 2010


    It is none but the Dread himself, Cthulhu… as a baby.

  17. #17 onethird-man
    February 27, 2010

    I’m wondering if I’m the only one who saw this and thought it looked like a rubber novelty item, or a side-view of the Rolling Stones:

    …or is it just me?

  18. #18 F
    February 27, 2010


    A very decorous finger-cot, for those formal (but not too formal) occasions?

  19. #19 allport
    February 27, 2010

    What an amazing site Frozenly is.

    I am all about the bacteria normally but that makes me want to switch to marine biology and spend the rest of my life in the Mariana Trench.

  20. #20 and7barton
    February 27, 2010

    so we are agreed ? – It’s a

    Iridoakhbarbonce brothelcreepii

  21. #21 sailboss
    February 27, 2010

    Where’d the squid get those Doc Martens?

  22. #22 medusakatt
    February 27, 2010

    Neat, but this pic (and the pics from Frozenly) were snatched from and should credit that site/book. Author Claire Nouvian. Looks like a cool book btw.

  23. #23 PZ Myers
    February 27, 2010

    Uh-oh. I once scanned in some photos from that book and posted them with full attribution, links to where you could purchase it, etc. – and I got so much grief from the people behind it that I had to yank the pictures off the web.

  24. #24 medusakatt
    February 27, 2010

    Well you can chalk up a sale – after tracking down the source, I bought it 😉

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