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Composite image of bigfin squid shows its enormous size and pure horror
Using video captured by a Shell Oil Company remotely operated vehicle in 2007, someone has created a composite image of a Magnapinna, or bigfin squid. The image really shows off the squid’s long, elbow-like appendages.
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Composite image of bigfin squid shows its enormous size and pure horror

Using video captured by a Shell Oil Company remotely operated vehicle in 2007, someone has created a composite image of a Magnapinna, or bigfin squid. The image really shows off the squid’s long, elbow-like appendages.

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Swimming with the fearsome Humboldt squid

They often approach prey quickly with all ten appendages extended forward in a cone-like shape. Upon reaching striking distance, they will open their eight swimming and grasping arms, and extend two long tentacles covered in sharp ‘teeth’, grabbing their prey and pulling it back towards a parrot-like beak, which can easily cause serious lacerations to human flesh. The whole process takes place in seconds.

And now, here’s a video of two squids making sweet, sweet squid love

Using a remotely operated vehicle named Little Hercules, scientists working aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer captured this footage of the squid species Pholidoteuthis adami mating in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The male is upside down, and backwards on top of the female and the terminal organ is extending from his funnel, presumably releasing spermatophores, from which spermatangia burrow into the dorsal mantle tissue of the female.

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A live giant squid caught on tape in its natural habit for the first time ever

Tsunemi Kubodera, a Japanese Museum of Nature and Science Zoologist led the expedition near Chichi Island. He descended over 600 meters in the human piloted sub with cameras and a camera man to film. Using a one-meter squid as bait, the team had to use near infra-red light, which was invisible to both human and cephalopod eyes. They ended up descending to almost one kilometer when they were done filming.

“I’ve seen a lot of giant squid specimens in my time, but mainly those hauled out of the ocean. This was the first time for me to see with my own eyes a giant squid swimming, it was stunning, I couldn’t have dreamt that it would be so beautiful. It was such a wonderful creature.”

When Kubodera was asked about his impression of the beast he responded, “A giant squid essentially lives a solitary existence, swimming about all alone in the deep sea. It doesn’t live in a group, so when I saw it, well, it looked to me like it was rather lonely.”

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Giant squid captured live on video for the first time

We’ve found bodies of giant squid, but until recently, no one has ever gotten a video of a live one in the wild. Unfortunately, Discovery is holding on to the video until January of next year, so there’s no video to watch in this article right now.

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This is what it looks like when a squid listens to Cypress Hill

While squid don’t have ears in the same way as you or I, they can still process sound through their watery bodies. Also in their skin are chromatophores, patches of tissue that can change color, which is what they use to camouflage themselves. So when you’ve got some Cypress Hill laying around and you play the music through the squid, this is what happens.

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Video of squid pigment cells (chromatophores) in action

The skin of cephalopods has chromatophores, special pigment-filled cells that come in a range of colors. The pigments can be black, brown, red, orange, or yellow. These cells are each independently controlled by nerves and muscles, which expand or contract the cell. When the muscles contract, the cell stretches, allowing the pigment to cover a larger area. When the chromatophore shrinks, the pigment is hidden.

Woman accidentally gets inseminated in the mouth after eating boiled squid

Inseminated in the mouth? Apparently. While eating boiled squid, a 63 year old Korean woman suddenly started having a bunch of tiny pricking pains inside her mouth. She spit out her mouthful of squid, but the pain continued. When she then went to the hospital, a doctor discovered that the pain was caused by barb-tipped squid semen burrowing into her cheeks and gums.

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Watch a shark eat the shit out of a giant squid

Insane footage of a 15 foot long giant squid being eaten by a shark. Al McGlashan had this encounter while filming for the brand new series Big Fish, Small Boats that will hit Australian TV screens later this year’when they encountered the huge squid drifting on the surface.

Soft squid-inspired robot can crawl on land, into tight spaces

It could be that when the robot future arrives, the robots won’t be hard steel Terminators at all, but perhaps squishy just like us. Or squishy just like a squid. This robot uses compressed air inside a soft rubber body to squirm its way across land and under doors. It’s still a long ways away from a self-contained soft robot system, but it’s a step. A squishy one.

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Squids may hold the key to a future filled with cyborgs. Squiresistance is futile.

If we’re ever going to have a future filled with cyborgs, we’re going to have to jump some hurdles first. For one, you can’t just willy-nilly start threading wires through the human body— you’re going to have to create organic circuits that completely integrate with cells and tissue for as long as your long cyborg life will allow. And the key to doing that lie with squid.

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Researchers discover deep sea squid are a fan of teh ghey

Despite what some may think, homosexuality isn’t just some evil curse that has been laid upon humans. As varied as sexual relationships are, many animals engage in the gayness in some form across the animal kingdom, and male deep sea squid like to blow their loads all over other male squid. Nothing wrong with that. Except that of course, “gay” is a description we use to describe a human sexual relationship that may not entirely be the case here, but hey look… Squidwad!

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What’s for dinner? How about some Japanese dancing squid?

The squid isn’t alive, but the way that it’s sitting on top of the rest of the dish makes it so that when soy sauce is poured over it, the salt causes the body to expand and contract, giving it the appearance of dancing. Just like mom used to make.

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Sunday morning comics: Rambo pulls the ol’ arms full of squids trick
By Brandon Bird

Sunday morning comics: Rambo pulls the ol’ arms full of squids trick

By Brandon Bird

How to harvest squid ink for fun and profit

Squid are awesome for a lot of reasons, one of which being that they’re like natures inkwells. But how do you harvest ink from these wonderful sea creatures for writing or printing? Glad you asked, because there’s an Instructables with instructions on how to do that.

Step 1: Obtain a squid. Read the rest here









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