The deep sea is home to creatures that are sort of normal but then have some sick twist that make them monstrous and so creepy you want to peel your skin off. A squid can’t be just a squid, it has to be a giant squid the size of a school bus. A shark can’t just be a shark, it has to be a goblin shark with a jaw that…
The skin of a squid is basically a magic material that can change colors as they expand and contract. PBS Deep Look calls them tiny water balloons filled with pigment and it’s pretty much their strongest (only?) defense mechanism in the open waters. They can change how iridescent their skin is and mimic how sunlight…
Earlier this month, a team of divers swimming off the coast of Turkey discovered something unexpected: a 4-meter wide gelatinous mass of what turned out to be one of the biggest mass of squid eggs ever discovered.
If you ever wondered what a giant squid giving birth looks like (why would you think about that?), just look up at the night sky one day. Because watching a female squid lay eggs looks stunningly celestial. Watch as she lays thousands of eggs in the ocean that seem to glow underwater like she’s giving birth to stars.
I know it sounds petty now, but we were having a giant office drama over whose bioengineering project should get more priority. Would it be the hyper-gymnosperm group, or the dire rodent group? Well, that whole debate came to a crashing halt when somebody else's project started to eat Los Angeles.
It's seafood for breakfast in the home of Nathan Shields. Octopuses, squids, cuttlefish, and even a few extinct critters have found their way onto his kids' breakfast plates. It's an adventure in taxonomy and cookery, all at once!
According to the scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, this is the first time any human has observed this phenomenon: a deep-sea squid (Gonatus onyx) killing an owlfish (Pseudobathylagus miller) using its beak to drill a hole into the latter's spinal cord.
Deep Sea News has this incredible composite image of a Magnapinna squid, made from a freaky video taken 1.5 miles underwater by a Shell's remote operated vehicle. This is the video, which I remember seeing a few years ago:
In downtown San Mateo, Calif., an unsuspecting tree has been yarn bombed, transforming it into a great blue squid.
You've no doubt heard that semen is nutritious, but it seems we're not the only species aware of nature's dirty little secret. Scientists have discovered that female southern bottletail squid readily — and consistently — consume the ejaculates and sperm of their mates.
A number of species engage in swarming behavior, where countless individuals move en masse in some direction. But they're not the only ones. Scientists have now found that the sperm of some squid form swarms, and this peculiar behavior could help the cells to fertilize eggs.
A Chinese fishmonger was going about his business when he randomly discovered a bomb... inside the stomach of a squid he was gutting. Apparently, a three-pound squid had swallowed an eight-inch bomb on accident. The bomb was live.
At last, they had found the perfect robot to explore the ice-capped seas of Jupiter's moon Europa.
Earlier this year, scientists announced they'd finally captured video footage of Architeuthis—or kraken, or just the giant squid if you prefer. In this video, Edith Widder, once of the scientists responsible for the discovery, explains how she and her team did it.
The line-drawn and watercolor illustrations created by Mu Pan demand careful study. The Brooklyn-based artist blends history, pop culture, and folk art into astonishingly detailed scenes that are grand when drunk in all at once, but contain little surprises on closer inspection.
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's remotely operated vehicle Little Hercules captured this video of a pair of Pholidoteuthis adami getting hot and heavy in the northern Gulf of Mexico. That's the male on the bottom, swimming upside down, while the female is backwards on top. It may look more serene than those hentai…
Over the past few days, hundreds of carnivorous Humboldt squids have washed up on the shores of several Northern California towns, especially near Santa Cruz. The squid are a large (3-5 foot long), highly intelligent species native to Baja California and South American seas. Usually, they inhabit only the deep…
Architects frequently take their design cues from nature, but while some prefer the curves of budding flowers or the sturdy power of desert mesas, others give their buildings reaching tentacles, high, squid-like towers, or the occasional smattering of what looks like suckers. Here are a handful of buildings and design…
Holy heck, people. Now that is an eyeball. Beach-walker Gino Covacci encountered the monstrosity yesterday while ambling about the Florida coast, and while scientists have yet to identify the creature from whence it came, the consensus seems to be that whatever it was, it was big.
Cephalopods like squid and octopuses change their appearance with color-changing cells called chromatophores. Chromatophores can be stimulated via electrical signals — like the ones coming out of the headphone jack of an iPhone playing Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain."