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EricMartin
11-26-2008, 05:40 PM
From National Geographics. A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, a remote control submersible's camera has captured an eerie surprise: an alien-like, long-armed, and—strangest of all—"elbowed" Magnapinna squid.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/photogalleries/squid-magnapinna-photos/images/primary/2_magnapinna_461.jpg

Scientists speculate that the animals feed by dragging their arms along the seafloorand grabbing prey--or perhaps the squid passively wait for prey to get stuck on one of the sticky appendages (which, as you'll see in the video below, are HUGE).

Video here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/081124-giant-squid-magnapinna.html?source=rss

Spiders and snakes will never measure up to squids and octopusses in terms of being creepy/disgusting. :eek:

jinxmchue
11-27-2008, 09:55 AM
Squids, octopi and jellyfish give me the willies, so you'll understand if I don't click that link.

SarasotaRepub
11-27-2008, 12:58 PM
Cool! Big Oil's new monster "enforcer". :D

Aaron Burr
11-27-2008, 05:37 PM
Magnapinna, very nice. When I was a lad, I thought about going into Ichthyology, but the course work always made me hungry.

I like this lively fellow. He looks like he might be a demon at Whist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5ZQH2Uzpew