Guess what's inside

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  1. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Here's a recent picture of Octopus cyanea from the island of Batanta in Raja Ampat. I hope this version is big enough to see.
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I can't see anything but octo arms but the ones closest to the target area don't look right sized for the animal but do look right colored so I am going with another, smaller Cyanea.

    If I use my imagination, I can see an octo eye inside when I blow it up with an editor but I see a lot of octo eyes in my rocks when I am trying to find one of mine :hmm: .

    Extending the guess on that note, would it be a case of black widow/praying mantis syndrome?

    Of course there is another possibility:
     

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Are the tiny tentacles sticking out from between pair #1 not so much its own tips, but rather those of an unfortunate passer by, whose liver might go really well with an old Chianti? (As in: agreeing with D)
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    an Easter egg?!
     
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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I think the tiny arms are it's own, so I will guess, Coconut :sly:
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Daring, but potentially truthful, Kevin...
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I think I'm with Kevin! Coconut!
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    A human head.
     
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    Waldo?
     
  10. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Waldo is my favorite guess so far. Here's another bit of the sequence, snapped just a minute or so earlier.
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Waldo was my favorite too. :grin:

    Hint request, is there more than one of the same thing?

    That tiny yellow and cream dolphin is certainly unusual (I warned you I see stuff in the rocks):razz:

    It can't be protecting its young since they are a small egg species and the first photo looks too much like a typical capture and eat behavior but if there are multiples, it can't be octopuses because they would not be found together at that size (even though it looks like two eyes, a mantle and a cluster of dead arms). I can even see a seahorse snout in this Rorschach test but I am sure that is incorrect.
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    More likely Waldo than Wanda.

    Roy
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I was wondering myself whether the white sliver could be your screen identity's namesake, Roy...
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Roy, I already guessed an unfortunate male and Crissy declined to comment on the guess so we're still guessing :hmm:. I keep looking at those quiggly pink lines but can't come up with them being anything else (other than intestines :yuck:)
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    D, I thought the squiggly pink was ink... maybe a sea hare? But I'm guessing it has to be a cephalopod, I am just hoping it is not a cuttlefish. :sad:
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    humm

    This is a fun game but it is driving my crazy:razz:
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok one more purposefully bad hint. Then I'll chime in tomorrow before heading off to the field for a week or so.
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I see a second cyanea, back and to the left of the first. At least my mind sees a pair of eyes head, maybe some mantle and an arm. So I am staying pat with my original black widow thinking. Of course, if it is intentionally misleading maybe they were both stalking something else :hmm:
     
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    I think I see a crab claw in the newest pic, but it is probably two tentacles next to each other
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok this ought to answer it. Ok- I'm off to pack up for the field. Sorry Waldo!
     

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