In the following post I will enumerate the many ways in which current science repeatedly demonstrates that giant squids are awesomesauce. Awesome: (adj) amazing, awe-inspiring, awful, awing (inspiring awe or admiration or wonder) “New York is an amazing city”; “the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight”; “the awesome complexity of the universe”; “this sea, whose . . . → Read More: From The Editor’s Desk: Giant Squid=Awesomesauce
“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.” – The Doctor The Weeping Angels are the monster of the week in one of my very favorite Doctor Who episodes. They look like saccharine angel statues…until they strike. The Weeping Angels could very well have been modeled . . . → Read More: Angels in Antarctica
New work in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society indicates that ammonites were likely preyed upon beaked squids. The Chamouth Mudstone Formation on the British Coast is famous for its ammonite fauna from 183-195 million years ago. Twenty percent of the ammonites were found to have damage toward the rear of shell. This spot . . . → Read More: Cephalopod on Cephalopod Crime
Why don’t animal’s use wheels in locomotion? Why aren’t blue whales bigger? Why are there no freshwater starfish? Why are there no tree dwelling cephalopods? Why can’t my dog make a decent cocktail? These are the kinds of questions that intrigue me. Apparently I am not alone. Geerat Vermeij’s new paper “Sound reasons for silence: . . . → Read More: If Molluscs Could Communicate What Would They Say?
An occasional series where I briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Oxygen consumption rates for various squids as a property of mass. How could not think of the colossal squid as a voracious hunter of the deep?? Contrary to popular opinion Rosa and Seibel argue that “… the . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Slow Colossal Squid?, Lantern Shark’s Light Switch, Longer is Faster (in Sperm)
Finally, the amazing underwater photographer Tony Wu caught a sperm whale with a piece of giant squid caught between its teeth. Must see pics! I’m not sure of the copyright status of the images so I will play it safe and just refer you to the exclusive story on the Daily Mail. One of the . . . → Read More: Sperm Whale Caught with Giant Squid Snack Between Teeth
People accept the idea of echinoderm predation on shallow reef building corals. The voracious Crown of Thorns seastar Acanthaster planci is a familiar coral antagonist on the Great Barrier Reef, part of a natural process that may or may not be amplified by anthropogenic disturbance. Asteroid predation on deep-sea corals is more difficult to . . . → Read More: Friday Picture: Have your coral and eat it, too?
It is hard to know what to cheer for here
Wicked cool. Hat tip to the Crust-L.
People eat sea anemones and jellyfish, but they would have to be seriously, deliriously, Castaway hungry to eat a coral. Or else corals would have been gone long ago. But, … this does NOT mean coral is without natural enemies. . . . → Read More: Things that eat coral