skin colour of colossal

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  1. Squidy

    Squidy Larval Mass Registered

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    :? just wondering what the time delay was between Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni being pulled from the water, and arriving at the labs. What was the animals orginal colour when pulled from the water - the pictures depict it having a white/purple facade - however how much of this is due to decompisition?
    Further to this find - have there been any approachs of sponsorship for future expeditions in this area? :roll:
     
  2. tomossan

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    there HAS to get funding; this made world news!!1 in fact, this is what drew me to tonmo :D

    :meso: RAR
     
  3. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    There were about two weeks between the animal's capture and arrival in Wellington. I believe that the skin, when fresh, was a bright red-orange color on the arms, and after being frozen and thawed had blanched a little to a pale reddish-pink. Whether this is due to exposure or the freezing/thawing process, we don't know. The white patches you see in the photos are where the skin has abraded away - it's very thin and tears easily, leaving the white muscle underneath exposed.
     
  4. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Hi Kat,

    I just wondered if there is any evidence for chromatophores or photophores on the specimen?

    Phil
     
  5. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Ahoy Phil :)

    The eyes do bear the photophores characteristic of all cranchiids. They aren't particularly well developed, however, and are more like patches of photogenic tissue... can't really speculate yet on whether / what they use them 'for.' We haven't had a chance to look inside yet, but if it's like others in the family, it may also have one on the digestive gland.
    And the reddish skin color is the result of many tiny chromatophores.
     
  6. THSMRTLCL

    THSMRTLCL Larval Mass Registered

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    skin color

    Have any of the crew that found it been questioned for any info at the time of capture, such as what was the skin color?
     

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