Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Eye Preserved in a Jar

Great picture from the Smithsonian Institution.

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM • 6 Comments

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Richard Steven HackApril 29, 2011 6:57 PM

Reminds me of those sci-fi flicks where someone is standing in front of some black space and suddenly a giant eye opens behind them revealing the monster.

Here's an article on squid eyes:

The subtly different squid eye
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/05/the_subtly_different_squid_eye.php

Apparently although the eyes are similar to the human eye, their functions are reversed - to respond more to light than darkness. Which makes sense since the squid lives in darkness.

tommyApril 29, 2011 8:50 PM

So, somewhere out there is a poor, one-eyed squid? Jarring! ("jar" - sheesh!)

"...the giant squid has the biggest eye in the animal kingdom." ... I'd say that the NRO has the biggest "eye" in the animal kingdom.

(Sorry, all, it's Friday... ;)

staudenmaierApril 29, 2011 9:45 PM

It's too bad there isn't something in the photo to serve as a reference because its hard to tell exactly how big the thing is. A giant squid eye can be as large as a basketball.

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