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Spectacular Deep Sea Squid Footage

Stunning footage of deep-sea squids from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where researchers use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to observe and record deep-sea animal behaviors.

A new study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has shed some light (oh… ZING!) on how squids may use another organ, along with their eyes, to see. Some squids have a light organ on them which they use to camoflauge themselves from predators below them. The organ is filled with a luminous bateria that…

Intriguing

A little background here: Japanese squid monster moisturizer tentacle woman video. Yup.

Strange Squid Video from Deep Sea Oil Rig

Very cool video of a bizarre squid from the genus Magnapinna. Also known as bigfin squid, few specimens have ever been observed and only a handful ever captured. The squid in this footage has tentacles 20 feet long. This footage was filmed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Houston, Texas by cameras…

Piglet Squid

Some times I find myself in random corners of the Interweb, pleasantly lost, and then I come face to face with the piglet squid! Unaccustomed to Earth’s atmosphere, the visitor quickly perished. The following info is from a short press release provided by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium when they found this little tyke. Piglet Squid,…

Back in March of 2007, we brought you the story of an enormous (colossal really) squid, captured by New Zealandish fishermen and brought back for examination at the University of New Zealand. The frozen squid posed challenges for the researchers who realized that it would take so long to thaw that the outer parts would…

Thanks to two readers, the infamous Mike Witherspoon and the illustrious Tanya Poon, we have been alerted to two mega-sweet articles in the New York Times. The first from the Science Times yesterday tells the story of Cape Coral, Florida, a coastal town that was alarmed by a strange noise coming from the ocean which…

France’s National Museum of Natural History displayed its prize centerpiece today for an exhibit on biodiversity, a plastinated, 21+ foot-long, giant squid named Wheke. The squid was hauled in by a fisherman in New Zealand in 2001 and was plastinated in Italy by a company called VisDocta Research. The process, in which all of the…

Squid Have Teeth Like Old Men

According to the Tree of Life project, Promachoteuthis sulcus is known from a single, small (25 mm ML, sex unknown) but distinctive individual from great depths in the south Atlantic Ocean. Now Benny and I are no cephalopodologists, but those chompers look a little different from the typical squid beak which we have come to…

So maybe it doesn’t “terrorize” so much as it “fascinates” nerds like us, but nevertheless, a truly bizarre critter has emerged from the depths of the Pacific. Researchers at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii used a 3,000 foot hose to suck the hapless cephalopod up from the black depths off Keahole Point last week.…