The Klingon Bird of Preys were first introduced in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Two classes existed, the B’rel-class and the K’Vort-class, roughly scout and light cruiser classes. They were formidable ships, not only because of their lovable Klingon crews, forward torpedo launchers, and disruptor cannons, but because of their cloaking abilities*. . . . → Read More: Cloaking Klingon Cephalopods
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
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
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. . . . → Read More: Fearsome spiked tentacles of a deep-sea squid
As I mentioned in our Firefly post, I’ll be covering San Diego Comic Con for Deep Sea News. I’ll actually be attending the convention tomorrow, but here’s a little preview of some cephalopodic comic goodness, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Over on my Google+, Danna Staaf has the best reaction: “Maybe it’s a the plaintive . . . → Read More: Apparently hell is populated by squid.
With just reason Humboldt or Jumbo Squid are called Diablo Rojo. The skin of Dosidicus gigas is blood red but can change to bone white. These massive squids, the third largest of all squids, forage for prey in the dark of night, which they take down with two long tentacles covered in teeth. If the . . . → Read More: Coordinated Hunting in Red Devils
I’ve been suspiciously quiet on the blogging front lately. The reason: I’ve just completed a cross-country move in the middle of the holiday season (its my second 3000+ mile move in <2 years, but that is another rant for another day). I’ve fled the snowy winters of New Hampshire to take up shop in Jonanthan . . . → Read More: TGIF: Friday Fashion Finds
All sperm are not the same. Among fruit flies the longer the reproductive tract of the female the longer the sperm. In tiny crustaceans called ostracods, sperm length can range from several hundred micrometers to several millimeters. And here is some trivia for your next cocktail party, sperm in ostracods can even be longer than . . . → Read More: There Is More Than One Way To Impregnate A Squid
Just ordered a set of these for the banquet table at DSN headquarters.
And then some in this very informative 18 minute video by PacificCoast101 on YouTube. I