Monday, December 01, 2008

Real Life Cthulhu-Science

Oh my! You don't have to go to Europa or Beta Reticuli to see aliens.

The undulating, winglike flaps that gave Magnapinna ("big fin") its name--as well as the distinctive tentacles, extended at right angles and trailing like fishing lines. Whereas giant squid and other cephalopods have eight short arms and two long tentacles, Magnapinna have ten appendages that all appear to be the same length.

Just imagine if you were on Earth when Cthulhu first appeared, looked about, and decided that the Architeuthis was the model for it's new form. Tthen, just before the Octopus of Dark Energy slept for an aeon, it came ... for ... YOU!


The news story: A Shell Oil Compnay camera picked up this image - A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater - surprise: an alien-like, long-armed, and—strangest of all—"elbowed" Magnapinna squid. Now, does anyone else ``shudder`` what the Oil Companies really want a Cthulhuesque creature for?

More at National Geographic:

If the "video" doesn't appear on your screen, you can catch it at NG at the link above.

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