You never know what may be sitting on a table in the Scripps Collections. Last time, I wandered by the Benthic Invertebrates Collection, there was a giant scaleworm the size of a loaf of bread. This week, as I went about my work in the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection, there was a squid with GIANT SPIKES.
Meet Galiteuthis armata, the armed cranch squid.
That’s a liter-sized jar for scale, so Galiteuthis isn’t terribly huge. But take a closer look at the fearsome spikes on its tentacles.
This is called a “tentacular club.” Check out those hooks!
I couldn’t find any literature on how Galiteuthis uses those spikes. Presumably they are for catching and holding the squid’s unfortunate prey, such as zooplankton and small fishes. Personally, if I encounter Galiteuthis, I’ll endeavor to not piss it off. Cause DAMN, those are big, pointy tentacle-spikes!