Spirula "Spines," Spread, And Spawnlings - Science 2.0

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    octobot Robotic Staff Staff Member Robotic Staff

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    6 [SIZE=-1]One of the more unusual cephalopods of my acquaintance (and I do not say this lightly) is the ram's horn squid, Spirula spirula. The species is named for its beautifully coiled internal shell, which is all most people (including me) have ever seen of ...[/SIZE]
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    That is a squid I would really like scientists to catch on video and bring up for investigation. I have never seen this type of internal shell mentioned.
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    D,

    I have a couple of Spirula shells that I found when I was little on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen! :mrgreen:
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    I'll dig them out of my cephalopod shell collection later and post some photos... :roll: Gee Tony...
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    ... but did you ever see a live one? I am really curious about what they look like with their clothes on.
     
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    the picture of the 2 shells in the hand.... is that what this story is about?? We find quite a few of them along our beaches after rough seas, it's not uncommon to find a hand full in a short walk. But I have never seen a live one or a dead one intact.
     
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    What a strange critter. It looks like the shell is partialy exposed.
     
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    On those two pics from TOL it is exposed, for some reason the skin on the mantle is missing or has been removed. And on Steve's photo, if the skin is not missing it is very transparent. :hmm:
     
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    The one on TOL is obviously dead but the one Steve has on TONMO looks alive or close and definitely looks thin skinned where the shell shows, almost like a window. Odd critter for sure.
     
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    It doesnt seem like it's completely a squid. It seems more like a cross-over between a squid and a nautilus. Whats the rule for being classified as a squid?
     
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    Terri Sepia elegans Registered

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    Good question ll. I ran across this, scroll down to bottom of the page..

    http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/FosCephs.php#8
     
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