The battle royal is on with several bloggers choosing colors. The whole thing got started when Sheril at the Intersucktion state “No contest! Cukes would eat squid for breakfast” implying that somehow echinoderms were better than Mollusks. The whole thing got started when this guy, who seems to be a fan of plants, was “joking” about which was cooler. I personally don’t find any of this a joke. Mollusks are cool and I’ve banked my career on it. Bora also wants to start something, but thankfully I realize he is just confused.
I tried to clear the matter up for Sheril and others indicating that Mollusks were way cooler than “an organism whose idea of fun is spewing its organs all over you or creating poop trails.” Sheril suggested that I framed the issue wrong by choosing an inappropriate sea cucumber video and instead proposed this. Meanwhile Dr. Joan jumped on the cucumber bandwagon. Cucumber bandwagon….mmm pickles!
I followed up with a suggestion that to believe than any other phyla than Mollusks were superior was absurd. I hinted at the extreme range of body sizes exhibited by Mollusks, 11 orders of magnitude, was far greater than echinoderms with only 8.
Kevin seems to be wavering however suggesting that primitive barnacles could be a contender. I have a feeling he was lead astray by Ed Yong’s post on mantis shrimp. Although Ed has appeared to get his act together and joined Team Mollusk with a wonderful post on squid beaks. Kevin appears to still be a traitor using his “other blog” to disseminate evil.
I pointed to both the radula and the existence of gastropods parasitic on echinoderms was a major blow to echinoderm coolness. Jim’s retort was the rather lame Aristotle’s Lantern which he proposed was better than radula. I quickly smacked that argument down. Others Jim?
Snail at the second best blog (but with a better name) on the net , A Snail’s Eye View, pointed us all to the fact that Google Fight gave the definitive answer on which group was best. I can always count on Jason at Cephalopodcast as well. UPDATE: Snail delivers another blow.
Of course I am just waiting for Myriam to pipe up about the freakin’ tunicates. I got a post already for that one.