Fat and Lazy


No I am not talking about how Kevin spent his last weekend.  The Colossal Squid is apparently not the voracious predator (say the last in your best David Attenborough voice) that we all secretly hoped.  Steve O’Shea, expert of all big and squiddy, noted from his recent dissection of the Te Papa specimen that as the female matures she gets shorter, broader, and more gelatinous.  Simply put a large gooey vessel for thousands of eggs.  I think its a bit unfair to call her fat and lazy.   She has simply chosen to invest her time and energy elsewhere. You try carrying thoudands of eggs and see how fat and lazy you become.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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.

2 Replies to “Fat and Lazy”

  1. Um… Makes me think of far future archaeologist cephalopods digging up Squid Venus out of the sea floor…

  2. “You try carrying thoudands of eggs and see how fat and lazy you become.”

    That puts a damper on the SciFi Channel filing “Colossal Squid” for their Saturday movie, then. ;)

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