TGIF: A Passionate Affair With a Squid

Hat Tip to Matt for pointing us to this post at Ectoplasmosis. Two parts beautiful and three parts disturbing you’re unlikely to forget this video for the rest of the day. It somehow seems a fitting video following my previous post. It tells the story of one man’s love for the giant squid…which is still illegal in California.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

2 comments on “TGIF: A Passionate Affair With a Squid
  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I love it for the craftsmanship as well as the story. Probably important to note the animation was directed and animated by Lisa Barcy.

    At YouTube she mentions in the comments section that this is part of a larger animated film called “Mermaid”. I would love to see it on the big screen.

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