Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Amazing deep-sea squid

This is one of a small collection of photos at http://www.mnh.si.edu/cephs/vetal01/vetal01.html showing some very unusual-looking deep-sea squid, photographed by oil companies' ROVs. They seem to be new to science, and exist all around the world. There are several short movie clips as well as stills.

Looking at them, the short, sticky-out sections of tentacle seem to be what you might call the conventional tentacles, and the vertical bits look like almost unmuscled extensions that just hang in the water. Quite what they do is hard to imagine, but I'd guess it's connected with feeding. Are they sticky? Do they have stinging nematocysts like jellyfish?

Just fabulous. I love this sort of stuff!

Hat-tip Pharyngula, of course! I must start stealing stuff from somewhere else!

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