Tuesday, November 18, 2008

GOOGLING FOR STORY-STARTERS

This little guy is floating around in an ocean near you, RIGHT NOW!
Look what I found while googling for story-starters. Love this site for cool pics and facts. This cutie pie is a Piglet Squid.The following info is from a short press release provided by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium when they found this little tyke.

Piglet Squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi

This funny looking squid is about the size of a small avocado and can be found most commonly in the deepwater (greater than 100 m or 320 ft) of virtually all oceans. Its habit of filling up with water and the funny location of its siphone with a wild-looking 'tuft' of eight arms and two tentacles had prompted scientists to name it the piglet squid.

The body is almost totally clear revealing a dark mass that is the internal organs and barely visible, feather-like gills. Pigment organs dot the surface of the skin. In the picture a row of these 'chromatophores' provide a smile-like look. There are two small finst at the opposite end of the body from the head. Very little known of its biology. It has been observed from submersibles in the head down oriengation, but no one is sure why. It is a sluggish swimmer with ammonium ions in its body fluid that help keep it bouyant. A large light producing organ (photophore) is located beneath each of its large eyes.

I live about 20 minutes from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I have got to pack up the kids and go see this little guy.

8 comments:

  1. I never thought I'd think of a squid as cute! But it is!

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  2. If you do go, please post more pictures!

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  3. That is a cute pigfishsquid.

    I am dying to know what you Googled to get there.

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  4. Kelly and Debbie---definetly more pic when I go.

    Jacqui - Most of my books are about animals and much of the story has some basis in the reality of what is special about the animal. I was poking around cyberspace looking for info on squids.

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  5. Very cute, Jill! I wonder if they'll find a Pooh Squid and an Eeyore Squid someday...

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  6. Terry,
    You crack me up. Must be why you are so good at writing joke books.
    Thanks for the laugh.
    Miss you,
    jill

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  7. Whoa ... haven't seen anything like that before! Did you end up seeing it 'live and in person'?! Bet the kids loved it! Great blog!

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  8. Kelly H-Y,
    Haven't made it there yet. Maybe over Xmas break.
    Glad you like my blog. Yours is beautiful, oh and i have got to try those brownies....now only if it would take the pudge i already have on, off.

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