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Vampire Squid Does Not Eat Live Prey
2012-09-27 04:32:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though the vampire squid was first discovered about 100 years ago, and a dozen scientific papers have been published, marine biologists have not been able to find out what the creature eats. A new study, led by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), shows that unlike its relatives the octopus and squid, which eat live prey, the vampire squid uses two thread-like filaments to capture bits of organic debris that sink...

Deep-sea Squid Will Detach Its Arms As Defensive Tactic
2012-08-05 12:54:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A defensive strategy, never seen before, being used by a small species of deep-sea squid in which the animal counter-attacks a predator and then leaves the tips of its arms attached to the predator as a diversion has been observed by a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island. When the foot-long octopus squid (Octopoteuthis deletron) found deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean "jettisons its arms" in self-defense,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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