Real Giant Squids
January 16, 2008 12:12 PM   Subscribe

Beautiful Squid. How I am obsessed with thee!! A legend, different than an octopus, rarely seen, oddly loved, making its home in the Mediterranean, and the far sea, the giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures of the deep. Even in death it produces treasure.
posted by whimsicalnymph (23 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
You can listen to them three threads down!
posted by never used baby shoes at 12:15 PM on January 16, 2008


Uh oh. Is January 16 Giant Squid Day?
posted by fandango_matt at 12:17 PM on January 16, 2008


They don't play with fuckin' mr potato head dolls, though, do they? So fuck 'em.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 12:19 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mark it in your calendar in ink, fandango_matt.
posted by never used baby shoes at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2008


This is some sort of viral marketing for Cloverfield, isn't it?
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2008


That's funny, because I had assumed Cloverfield was about the return of Cthulhu The Thing That Should Not Be Named.
posted by Pastabagel at 12:27 PM on January 16, 2008


The giant squid is so last month, it's all about the Colossal squid now. (pictures at the end of the article)
posted by Mr_Zero at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2008


This double post has turned into a bit of a damp ........ oh.

Sorry, I thought you said Squib.
posted by Sk4n at 12:49 PM on January 16, 2008


When I was a kid, my parents saved a bunch of money and took my brothers and I to St. John's, and among my many memories of the trip is snorkeling around some coral covered rocks right off the beach where we camped. There were little cuttlefish hanging in the water everywhere, and they were beautiful - just sort of hanging there in the water, motionless. It might have been a trick of the light and water, but they seemed to be sort of rainbow-tinted. Then blip, they were gone, with little clouds of ink hanging around. A few minutes later, they'd be back. It was awesome. I've been a cephalopod fan ever since.
posted by jquinby at 12:54 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


I couldn't help myself. When I saw the post about the band, I had to share my squid links.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 12:58 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


ooo fascinating
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 1:18 PM on January 16, 2008


This is the best post ever.
posted by baphomet at 1:25 PM on January 16, 2008


Squid. Squid. Squid Squid Squid. Buffalo.
posted by The Giant Squid at 1:41 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


the things that stick with us - i was going to post almost the same comment about diving off of st. johns as did jquinby
posted by wackoacko at 1:46 PM on January 16, 2008


That was confusing. Please let someone know the next time you're gonna post an almost double, please. That someone being me who is trying not to do work.

Also, the band a few doors down bores me to tears. Actual giant squid just scare me enough to cry... so thanks for the post! You win!

2 more hours. 2 more hours. 2 more...
posted by sleepy pete at 2:17 PM on January 16, 2008


Wow! To think I just got these in the mail today!

Great giant squid!
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:26 PM on January 16, 2008


Every day should be Giant Squid Day! Posts on MetaFilter which are not about Giant Squid are the only thing preventing all the posts on MetaFilter from being about Giant Squid.
posted by steef at 4:41 PM on January 16, 2008


I kind of blushed when I saw the first picture of the colossal squid. I should get out more.
posted by nosila at 5:19 PM on January 16, 2008


When I saw the post about the band, I had to share my squid links.

In that spirit, may I offer you one of my favourites? Baby Squid, Born like Stars.
posted by sleep_walker at 7:21 PM on January 16, 2008


Ooh I saw the one in the Natural History Museum when it had just been brought ashore in the Falklands. They took it out of the freezer for a public showing one lunchtime and it was just sat on the floor in the middle of the warehouse at the dockside, defrosting slowly, with its huuuge eye watching everyone. The whole town went down to see it in their lunch hour. Just as I was leaving, the Governor arrived in his official car to visit it.

We made our own entertainment in them days.
posted by penguin pie at 8:20 AM on January 17, 2008


Does MeFi have a mascot? May I propose the giant squid?
posted by jquinby at 10:16 AM on January 17, 2008


Oh, and here's a page about the cuttlefish that wackoacko and I were talking about.
posted by jquinby at 11:22 AM on January 17, 2008


jquinby, Those cuttlefish. Are. Awesome.

And sleep_walker, I was mesmerized by your link. Mesmerized.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 1:02 PM on January 17, 2008


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