Undoubtedly you’ve already seen the above video of deep-sea squids mid-coitus at 1400 meters (0.86 miles) deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The male and female Pholidoteuthis adami are unconcerned with the lights, cameras, and audience. However, you may not know what is actually going on here. Well you may have some idea. Well . . . → Read More: Penetrating the mysteries of sex in deep-sea squid
Finally found, albiet brief, video of the giant squid. Spectacular! Although it is unlikely, despite what the reporter states, that Giant Squids obtain sizes of 50 feet. As I mention in this post that covers everything you wanted to know about the Giant Squid, the longest scientifically recorded length of a Giant Squid is . . . → Read More: First Video Glimpse of the Giant Squid
As I mentioned before, Discovery Channel announced the capture of a live Architeuthis dux, aka the Giant Squid, on video. In the last couple of days, the first stills from the video were released. Above and below I have them both at the largest resolution I can find. I made a few predictions in . . . → Read More: First Stills of the Giant Squid
If you haven’t already heard, Discovery Channel announced that they have captured Architeuthis dux, aka the Giant Squid on video. The giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat for the first time ever. This long-sought after footage — considered by many to be the Holy Grail of natural history filmmaking — . . . → Read More: Giant Squid on Video?!
Number 6 on on my marine biology bucket list was to see the Colossal Squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. I mentioned in another post why I am so excited abou the Colossal Squid At half a ton this badass represents the largest invertebrate ever known. The Giant Squid is longer but not heavier. The Colossal Squid . . . → Read More: Dr. M and the Colossal Squid
Monster Roll from Dan Blank on Vimeo. This. Looks. Amazing. From their FB page: “When sea monsters attack Los Angeles, a network of sushi chefs honor an ancient code to maintain balance between man and the sea: to kill only what they eat, and eat all that they kill.” The producers of Monster Roll . . . → Read More: Can You Handle Monster Roll?
All snails and their ancestors, the Gastropods, share a common feature. We people with fancy Ph.D.’s in biology call this a synapomorphy, a word derived from the Greek words for “together with”, “away from”, and “shape”, namely syn, apo, and morphe. You might think the shell is a common feature of snails, but Gastropoda also . . . → Read More: How the Gastropod Got Its Twist
In the video above taken in False Bay, South Africa, a octopus simultaneously holds a shark at bay with one arm while simultaneously wrestling three zip ties of a baited canister. There (see this) should be no doubt now that Mollusks have won. Foiled by an octopus … from Lauren De Vos on Vimeo. . . . → Read More: Octopus Steals Food and Casually Wrestles Shark
The largest octopus is the Pacific Giant Octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini. According to data from a 1987 Masters Thesis from J.A. Cosgrove, the Pacific Giant Ocotopus can reach a weight of over 150 pounds (>70kg). Our friend Jason Bradley, underwater photographer extraordinaire and honorary DSN photographer (post, post, post, post) captured this amazing shot at . . . → Read More: Giant Pacific Octopus!
I’m delighted to present this guest post from Dr. Michelle Staudinger, a post-doc at the University of Missouri Columbia and stationed at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston Virginia. Michelle was a grad student at Stony Brook University while I was an Assistant Prof there another life ago. Thanks Michelle for . . . → Read More: Guest post: The stunning deep-water biodiversity of the Bear Seamount