Bob and Sid, the Bicephalic Squid

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This summer, I found what appeared to be a bicephalic squid in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It turned out to be a small squid stuck inside a large one. But the large one's organs were atrophied and shrivelled, meaning that the small one (Sid) had been living there for a while prior to capture. It has been preserved in a formalin solution, and Dr. Steve O' shea would like me to post all my "Bob and Sid, the Bicephalic Squid" pictures.
 

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I'm just posting 6 of Alex's pics here (of Bob & Sid). Bob is the outer squid, Sid the inner.

Magic stuff!!





 

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Just a wee question Alex, did Sid have fins at all?
 

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That is so freaky! I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't April Fool's Day.
Scuse my ignorance, but can you explain how Bob and Sid ended up like that? Are they like cojoined twins (siamese squid :bugout: ) or did Sid just burrow into Bob at some point and take up residence? If so why? how? Its just toooooo icky! :yuck: Ahem... but extremely interesting, of course.
 

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totally wild -- despite the good description, I wouldn't have fully understood it without those pics. I'm with Tentacular on those questions....
 

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Amazing and extraordinary find, Alex!
Great pictures, too!
And welcome to Tonmo ...
-Gayla
 

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Bob and Sid's odd situation

Apparently, Sid just burrowed into Bob- when dissected, it was clear they weren't connected at all. And I don't know how- it could have been during capture, but Bob's atrophied organs prove otherwise.

~Alex
 

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Alex,

That's a remarkable find. Seems to have been a weird summer for squid on Cape Cod. Loligo egg-cases washing up left and right, free-loading squid...what next?

Clem
 

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Hey Alex,

It's so amazing!! Do you know if Bob was alive all that time with Sid as "skinmate"?

Cheers, LS
 

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