Long-finned Squid attack sequence

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  1. Monkeywrench

    Monkeywrench Cuttlefish Registered

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    I just found this randomly. Thought I'd share it. My apologies if this is link is ancient. From the page:

    Photographs of selected frames from a high-speed cineĢ sequence of the capture of prey (a penaeid shrimp) with the tentacles by Loligo pealei. The elapsed time (ms) from the start of the sequence is indicated in the upper left-hand corner of each frame and corresponds to the time indicated by the abscissa of the plots in Fig. 2. The grid spacing in the background is 0.02m.

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  2. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Thanks Monkeywrench, that's a very interesting set of photos. I've never seen this set before though have stumbled across a similar cuttlefish set. The absolute symmetry maintained in the sequence is quite astounding.
     
  3. Squidman

    Squidman Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Wow!

    Astounding, indeed. Coordinating those tentacles with such unimaginable symmetry and speed must be incredible to witness in person.

    Not to mention coordinating the chromatophores, the suckers, the fin movements, and the possible photophores!
     
  4. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    It is a stunning set of pics, but beware, not all squid use their tentacles like this (propel them out), and even if they do this on occasion, they don't always do it. There's another series of published pics, and a nice paper to accompany it, looking at ommastrephid prey-capture techniques. I'll get pics online shortly.
     
  5. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    O..interesting its like half a squid facing a mirror. :wink:
     
  6. Melissa

    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    The squid moves like that tool for getting the last olive out of the jar!

    I'm looking forward to seeing the other series with less symmetrical movement.

    Melissa
     

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