Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Bright Lights, Big Squiddy

The New Scientist reports today on new video footage of a large deep-sea squid. And holy crap on Mom's shoes, these are some awesome video clips. Who would have thought a squid could move like that?

What's really fantastic about this squid are the lights at the ends of its tentacles. As the article says, it's possible that the squid could be using the lights for communication. This reminds me of a Discover magazine article discussing the morphing ability of octopuses and their potential for visual communication.

Intelligence + tentacles + morphing ability = Cephalopods are awesome.

While I'm disclosing my love affair with cephalopods: consider the Australian cuttlefish. Scrawny males will disguise themselves as females to sneak into the bigger males' harems. Shakespeare would have had a fit if he had known about these guys.

There's nothing like spending a little time thinking about cephalopods to give you a whole new perspective of... well, I don't know what, but a new perspective of something.


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