something odd in the mantle....

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  1. bathypol

    bathypol Wonderpus Registered

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    I was wondering if any of you, in your vast cephalopod experience, have come across another animal inside the mantle cavity of one of your cephs? I was working on one of my specimens and when I opened up the mantle, there was a fish inside. A whole fish, not chewed or damaged...just lying inside the cavity. I thought it was a bit odd since it was an octopus I was working on and the fish is rather big in comparison (it took up nearly the whole space). So...has anyone else had a similar experience????
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Could it have gotten there after the death of the animal?
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I've come across fish, crustaceans and Halobates inside the mantles of trawl- and other net-caught squid. A while ago we had a much odder story here, about a squid that appeared to have been living inside the mantle of another living squid - unfortunately the pics disappeared in the great crash of whenever that was. :hmm:
     
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    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    It's bound to be a post-mortem artefact. The next question is obviously ..... was the octopus dead when you were looking inside the mantle? This is extremely common in trawl-caught specimens.
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Please find a deep sea fish from inside the mantle of an Architeuthis specimen we dissected last April, same story here; post mortem artefact, three in total.

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  6. bathypol

    bathypol Wonderpus Registered

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    Yes, the octopus was dead when I was looking inside the mantle. I figured it was probably an artifact but just wondered if anyone else had seen something like this. I found it odd since the mantle opening was small and the fish was large yet nothing seemed damaged. Gotta be one of the odder ways to go... in the mantle of a ceph!:sink:
     

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