Now that's just...I mean...the last thing I want to imagine is...ugh.cthulhu77 said:p.s. I wonder if they taste like chicken?
Clem,Clem said:I was suggesting that jellies in general might be prey items for Architeuthis, with Big Red being a particularly tasty meal. The guys who named it have an online article, somewhere; I doubt they have much of a clue as to how common Red might be, but certainly more of a clue than I've got. Not too common, I hope.
Sounds good to me. Since I posted that query, I've read an article in todays paper about sea lions poisoned by domoic acid, a neuro-toxin produced by a species of plankton. The sea lions ingest fish and molluscs that can safely feed on the plankton, and get sick from secondary poisoning. Maybe that's why Architeuthis has that neutralizing enzyme: to prevent poisoning by planktonic neurotoxins ingested by its prey items.cthulhu77 said:I thought that nematocysts were only stimulated by a non-slimy coating...so a squid should be ok as far as swimming into them, but perhaps I am incorrect?