Wanted: Cephalopod beak

Discussion in 'Culture' started by Shadow Mantis, May 20, 2007.

  1. Shadow Mantis

    Shadow Mantis Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi

    I wanted to know if anyone here had any beaks from a dead octopus/squid. If you happen to have any, please let me know.

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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    If you go to your local fish market, you should be able to find octopus and squid for sale. Then you can take it out yourself :smile:.
     
  3. Shadow Mantis

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    That was my first idea, however, fish markets around here don't seem to sell octopus or squid. Those I do occasionally see are already cleaned without the beak.

    Thank You
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Why do you want it? A school project? are you a teacher? I can possibly send one but if it's for something with a deadline it'll probably get there too late (and airmail from NZ is $$$$)

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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    I have a rather small squid beak I, er, "dissected" out of some "squid with spicy salt" dish at a Chinese seafood restaurant. If you have a local Asian market, that might be a good place to look, or even asking at a seafood restaurant or sushi bar if they could give you one, which might be cheaper, preferable if you don't want to eat the squid, and wouldn't have the beak cooked (or salted or spiced).
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I actually work at an aquarium and would use the beak as a "learning experience" for visitors. I would prefer to have a beak mailed from somewhere in the US. If not, I might check out a seafood restaurant.

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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Which one? Does the aquarum buy in fish food? Perhaps you can prevail upon them to buy some whole squid. We do (we also use it in our education prgrammes for school and public dissections! www.otago.ac.nz/marinestudies). The squid make really good food for many of the critters (a bit messy when you're feeding out though :grin:).

    Cheers

    J
     
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    Baltimore Aquarium?
     
  9. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Oh.....didn't look at where he was from :oops: I'd talk to the husbandry team and find out if they ever feed squid to the critters and get them to keep back beak or two.

    J
     
  10. Shadow Mantis

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    Yes, I work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It never crossed my mind to ask one of the aquarists for a beak (they do use squid frequently). This summer, I actually might be working behind the scenes doing enrichment and food preparation (including our GPO).

    Thanks Again Everyone
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    That's OK, I didn't look to see where you were from before asking!! The only reason I thought of asking your husbandry team is that in our aquarium we don't have separate teams for each aspect (we're much too small!!!!) so I have done my share of food prep and know that whole squid is a good food, and we use it a lot, along with other fish etc!!!

    I'd love to see some pics of your GPO work........and the aquarium......and the other critters..........and........ :grin:

    J
     
  12. willsquish

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    fossil beak

    Not sure if it's related to thread, but I noticed there's a fossil cuttlefish beak for sale on ebay, thought people here might like to know, as some have asked about beaks, and others about fossils. Here's the link:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Fossil-Cut...oryZ3217QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    -Will

     

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