Friday, 23 November 2007

Scary sea creatures, part 93


No, this is not a fake, nor is it the product of someone with Photoshop skills, at least not according to http://rifters.com/real/2007/10/remedial-gigerology-part-2.html

It's called Promachoteuthis sulcus and appears in the Tree of Life project at http://tolweb.org/Promachoteuthis_sulcus/19531/2007.05.30

The 'teeth' are described in the species profile as a beak, so presumably the disturbing similarity to human teeth is coincidental.

2 comments:

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi Rob, thought I had left a comment on this yesterday, but apparently not? How scary is that - and the teeth do look worryingly familiar! Margot x.

Rob Clack said...

There's another weirdness I've just spotted. Although the mouth is round , the rim surrounding that is hexagonal. I'd have expected the rim to be either round like the mouth, or 10-sided, since the beast has 10 tentacles (OK, 8 tentacles and 2 hexacotyls(sp?)). More and more bizarre.