Friday Squid Blogging: Vampire Squid

The vampire squid can turn itself inside out to avoid predators.

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 4:08 PM • 10 Comments

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Jay DansandJune 25, 2010 5:00 PM

Ironically enough, when I visited the link, an ad host attached to nationalgeographic.com attempted to send me 3 PDF viruses.

BF SKinnerJune 25, 2010 5:53 PM

Nah it protects itself with just a scary name, like the Jets or the Sharks, that says to the fishes "I don't take crap."

ZeroZeroJune 25, 2010 7:44 PM

And here I am thinking the vampire squid turns out lobbyists to avoid regulation...

jgrecoJune 25, 2010 10:17 PM

It's wild how CGI'd that video looked to me for some reason. Pretty cool squid though.

Clive RobinsonJune 28, 2010 5:55 AM

Hmm not the only creature to turn it's self inside out.

The sea cucumber or "cuke" is an invertibrate that is known to partialy eject its entrails (self evisceration) along with partly digested food as a way of escaping preditors (and possibly ejecting accumulated toxins).

Now one of the fun things about "cukes" is that what people think is their mouth is in fact the other end of the gut. The reason being their gills are actually at their rear end (unlike the majority of vertibrates etc).

Another fun thing is that their external surface (effectivly their carpice) is under neurological control. So like the squid (which can control it's external colour) the cuke can conciously cange it's exteria, however it goes one better than the squid the cuke actually controls the physical properties. So it's carpice can go from a very liquid jelly to a very tough leathery like skin. The advantage of this is that they can pour them selves into a crack in the rock or reef and then harden their outer layer so that they cannot be easily removed.

Oh and they have one more defensive measure, they have tubes inside their rear ends that contain a soap like substance. They can under extream stress expell these and in the process evacuate their contents into the water.

This is known by some as "The Cuke Nuke" as it can kill most other occupants of an aquarium.

Oh and they have something else in common with squid, you can find recipies to cook them...

mcbJune 28, 2010 10:45 AM

@ Clive Robinson

"Oh and they have something else in common with squid, you can find recipies to cook them..."

Yup, nothing says "may I have a second helping" like a self eviscerating, chum spewing invertebrate with soap like substance glands. Cuke Nuke Surprise anyone?

RHJuly 1, 2010 6:36 PM

That looked really CGI to me too. I kept waiting for the live footage.

I think its the fact that the water looks rediculously blue for being 1k feet underwater and lit from the front. Maybe its some high dynamic range camera or something, and they processed it a ton. All the footage I had seen before was against a black background

I'm reminded of the question of "why isn't the night sky white?"

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