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Half-Squid, Half-Octopus Discovered Off of Hawaii

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the half-squid-half-octopus-all-disco-lover dept.

Science 170

Otter writes "A unique creature that's been dubbed an 'octosquid' with eight arms and a squid-like mantle, was discovered off Hawaii. The creature, of a previously unknown species, was trapped in the net covering a 3,000 foot-deep intake tube for the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. From the article: 'The octosquid was pulled to the surface, along with three rattail fish and half a dozen satellite jellyfish, and stayed alive for three days. According to War, the lab usually checks its filters once a month, but this time, it put a plankton net in one of the filters and checked it two weeks later. The pitch-black conditions at 3,000 feet below sea level are unfamiliar to most but riveting to scientists who have had the opportunity to submerge. The sea floor is full of loose sediment, big boulders and rocks, and a lot of mucuslike things floating in the water, which are usually specimens that died at the surface and drifted to the bottom.'"

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Half squid, half octopus (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19774753)

All delicious!

Re:Half squid, half octopus (2, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774959)

DNA analysis reveals it's an ocean-going descendent of the ManBearPig genus. Scientists are afraid to speculate what it tastes like, but Wal-Mart shoppers probably will know that soon.

Re:Half squid, half octopus (4, Funny)

Evanisincontrol (830057) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774989)

That's garbage. People who shop at Wal-Mart can't afford sea food.

Re:Half squid, half octopus (5, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775019)

It won't be *labeled* as seafood...

Play to the real Quake3??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775333)

United Nations don't work.

1. Bloods [google.com] .

2. Failed targets of bombing [google.com] .

3. Bombs's desactivetion zone [google.com] .

4. Truncated zone with a tractor [google.com] .

There photos are for United Nations to be censored briefly by United States of America.

UN using MS's SQLServer and ASP.NET!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775583)

Form to UN [un.org]

Please write your comments here :
(maximum of 30 words) :

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SQLState: 01000
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Re:Half squid, half octopus (2, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775567)

Either way, I won't mess with one. I hear that they are armed to the teeth.

Re:Half squid, half octopus (5, Funny)

Thrip (994947) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776135)

I hear that they are armed to the teeth.
Worse than that: they're toothed to the arm.

Re:Half squid, half octopus (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775541)

I think you'd be surprised at who shops at Wal-Mart...even massively wealthy John Edwards has been known to seek their wares. In any case, I wonder if it will taste more like calamari, or octopus.

Nope... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775197)

What's even more delicious is the ding dongs that the president requests while on Air Force One.

Re:Half squid, half octopus (1)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776275)

Tempura or Teriyaki style is the real question.

Taningia danae (5, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774757)

There have been 8 armed squid described before including the Taningia danae species [tolweb.org] by the same scientists, though our understanding of these animals is poor at best. Though I have to say I am puzzled as to why the Octosquid was assigned to the Mastigoteuthidae genus other than it seems to be a catchall genus for weird squid species that we do not know much about...

Oh and hey Otter [slashdot.org] ! What's up dude? I actually had no idea these guys were in Kona. Had that been known, I would have visited last time I was there [utah.edu] .

Re:Octosquid is here (5, Funny)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774783)

Now that octosquid is here, could the OctoParrot be far behind?

Re:Octosquid is here (2, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775627)

They're already here--parrots have squid-like beaks.

Re:Octosquid is here (2, Funny)

Jimmy King (828214) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776035)

Wouldn't that be a Squarrot, though?

Re:Octosquid is here (4, Funny)

WeblionX (675030) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776079)

Four heads, four tails, and all dead. I'm telling you this octoparrot is no more. It has ceased to be.

Re:Octosquid is here (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776145)

Now that octosquid is here, could the OctoParrot be far behind?
Don't even ask about octopussy. See, I thought that was a fucking brilliant idea when I was a kid, it'd be a cat but with eight fluffy bendy legs that are like tails they can walk on. It would be unusual but cute. And then I found out that pussy was another name for a vagina and the image got a whole lot more terrifying. Even later, I found out about Japanese tentacle monsters and figured this must be what the lady tentacle monsters would look like.

Re:Taningia danae (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775007)

You probably flew right by them, probably even saw them and wondered what the buildings were. They are right next to the airport, between it and the ocean. Besides the airport, ain't nothing else around for miles except a sea of black lava. They aren't really a tourist destination though, I don't think they offer tours to the general public.

Re:Taningia danae (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775087)

Kinda funny how Utah colleges have biology departments. Doesn't that kinda require them to use ... I don't know ... theory of evolution?

Re:Taningia danae (0, Offtopic)

Evanisincontrol (830057) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775097)

I swear I just heard a weird sound in the room. If I had to put it into words, I'd say it sounded like a "Zing!"

Re:Taningia danae (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775439)

Why? Biology is a hard science. When the theory of evolution actually includes mathematical equations that can be used to come to a conclusion or predict the outcome of an experiment, then you might just have that "zing" you were looking for.

BTW, evolution _is_ taught in Utah classrooms. It's the history of polygamy that's eschewed in our schools.

 

Re:Taningia danae (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775225)

"Lived for three days"... right.

"Oops. Dropped that scalpel on it. Guess I'll have to finish the dissection."

Re:Taningia danae (1)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775529)

There have been 8 armed squid...

Were they dangerous, too?

I don't know what it would do to the ecosystem if we had armed and dangerous squids running around.

Re:Taningia danae (0, Offtopic)

Kesha (5861) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775805)

Hi Bryan,

Were you and James able to make the changes you wanted to ir-tweak? I haven't heard anything back since you asked Tolga for OSX build instructions.

        Paul.

Re:Taningia danae (0, Offtopic)

BWJones (18351) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776307)

Heeeeey dude. How goes life with the real world?

We have not tried to make changes as James wife had a baby, and he's been out, Tolga is in Istanbul and Ross is somewhere in Germany. I've been in England, then Colorado for the last couple of weeks and Robert will be in Montana for a while. You up for sushi some time? email me with your schedule if possible and we'll talk. You should also come by for a tour of the new $750k microscope that took a month to install...

Bryan

way to go (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19774761)

they already have a head start killing off a brand new species... at least it survived 3 whole days right?

Re:way to go (1)

KylePflug (898555) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776193)

It's a good thing there aren't any dangerous natural formations or circumstances outside of human intervention. It would be a shame to see a hybrid squidtopus not live forever. I hate how human beings have the audacity to interfere with the natural cycle of underwater creatuares eating each other by providing other avenues for them to die occasionally.

Poke? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19774779)

The Hawaiians will understand.

Re:Poke? (1)

sponger (96171) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775301)

only if its not toxic

Natural (3, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774787)

It all looks the same in the dark.

We need patent reform! (3, Funny)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774793)

That way, scientists will be able to patent valuable genes in our half-squid/half-octopus brethern, as opposed to killing them to protect their trade secrets

Stupid Name (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774801)

They have been calling it an OctoSquid. I have to say, I dislike that. I would prefer that they call it a Squidopus!

Also, it looks a lot like a weird Japanese sex toy.

Re:Stupid Name (5, Insightful)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774921)

It needs about 30 more tentacles to count as Japanese sex toys.

Re:Stupid Name (2, Insightful)

geekdoc (672760) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775201)

I like SQUOCTOPUS!

Re:Stupid Name (4, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775621)

They should call it Cmdr Tako

OMG! An old one! (3, Funny)

cfortin (23148) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774833)

IE! IE! Microsoft fthagn!

Re:OMG! An old one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775799)

that's "i'a i'a" you dumb faggot.

Damnit (4, Funny)

Vulva R. Thompson, P (1060828) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774841)

Kids left the gate open again.

Like my grandpa used to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19774851)

those squid will fuck anything that moves

Re:Conversation overheard in a Squid bar (1)

slickwillie (34689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775209)

Squid Chick #1: You gotta watch out for those octopus guys.

SQ #2: Yeah, I hear they have hands like an octo ... hey!

It moved! (1)

Jerry Rivers (881171) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774867)

Quick! Poke it with a stick!

mine (1)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774883)

oops.

You just know trhat they wanted (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774893)

to call it the 'Squidpus'

But.... (4, Funny)

rune2 (547599) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774905)

Does it have frickin' lasers?

Re:But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19774955)

Wrong sea creature fucknut.

Re:But.... (1)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775101)

Pistol shrimp [wikipedia.org] are about as close as you'll get to laser wielding sea creatures. Video here [sciencehack.com]

Imagine (2, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775763)

A Beowulf cluster of these...

And no it does not run Linux, even though is has base 8.

And it would sure fuck with the iphone's multi-touch interface.

Woo! I love it! (5, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774907)

Inter-species tentacle porn!!!

Obligitory Simpson Jokes (-1, Redundant)

JohnSearle (923936) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774933)

I for one welcome our new octosquid overlord jokes! You know they're coming...

- John

Re:Obligitory Simpson Jokes (1)

cstdenis (1118589) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774969)

You bet, I was about to post one.

Re:Obligitory Simpson Jokes (0, Offtopic)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775053)

I almost choked as I rushed to click on the article hoping to be the first to post this. No fair! :(

Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish (4, Informative)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774947)

Captain Beefheart could not be reached for comment.

Re:Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish (1)

Ikester8 (768098) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776233)

Man, do I wish I had some mod points!

Title is wrong (5, Interesting)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774983)

This is not "half squid, half octopus". This is a squid with eight arms that is no more related to octopuses than any other sort of squid.

Squids and octopuses are far too far apart to breed.

Re:Title is wrong (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775235)

r human n dog 2 far apart 2 breed? cuz I saw sum pix on the net. lol.

Re:Title is wrong (2, Insightful)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775551)

I haven't RTFA, but they could be saying that it's one of those creatures from a lineage 'in between' squids and octopuses. Not that it's a descendant of a squid/octopus mating, but rather is a descendant from a common ancestor of squids and octopuses, one that happens to look like an octopus/squid mash-up.

In the words of the immortal Sergeant Hulka... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775677)

Lighten up, Francis.

Re:Title is wrong (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775949)

You'd think that, but let me tell you a little story. I grew up in Herndon, VA, and the sewer/drain tunnels are like what you see in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie... large enough to walk through. They had these spiders (they wove webs, so that is what I classify them as), but they had cricket legs! CRICKET LEGS! And they chirped! To this day, I have found no reference to them, let alone an explanation of how they exist. But to prove to the non believers, I have a few petrified in a jar, complete with a web they spun before dying.

Re:Title is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19776057)

Pics or it didn't happen!

Re:Title is wrong (1)

Worthless_Comments (987427) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776225)

Holy shit, I've seen those things too, and no one would actually believe me till they saw it.

Anyway, always wondered what the hell they were.

Someone must say it (0, Redundant)

xevioso (598654) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774987)

I, for one, welcome our new Octosquid overlords.

Oh, dear. (5, Funny)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 7 years ago | (#19774993)

As someone with a deathly fear of squid *and* octopus I have to say that it really feels like Satan and Mother Nature have decided to tag-team together in an all-out effort to make my darkest nightmares become incarnate. Next week they'll find a jellysquidfishapus and I'll end up like one of those H.P. Lovecraft characters who sees the most horrible thing possible and just dies on the spot.

I'll miss you guys.

Re:Oh, dear. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775285)

A deathly fear of squid and octopus?

Well, I hate to mention this, but if you're serious, don't look up Vampyroteuthis infernalis [wikipedia.org] . Like this one from Hawaii, which looks somewhat similar, it is a deep red color and lives in the deep sea. Vampyroteuthis is also known as the "vampire squid" [tolweb.org] , it shares traits of both squid and octopods (another similarity), and its body is (wait for it) described as having "the consistency of a jellyfish". So, it sounds rather close to the "jellysquidfishapus" you imagine in your nightmares. Sorry. It looks like it exists already. If it's any consolation, it's small (max. 13cm long).

Re:Oh, dear. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19776337)

My favorite part from the Discovery Channel's Planet Earth series is when they show one of those things, and the narrator calls it the "vampire squid.....from hell." (And yes, I know that's what the scientific name means.)

Re:Oh, dear. (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776191)

If your lucky you die on the spot... most people go insane... but thank Cthulu it's never happened to me.

Fear not, the capture and killing of a young yogsoth is all part of the great old ones plan.

Who cares how it came to be... (2, Funny)

nobodyman (90587) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775051)

I just wanna know, how does it taste!? I can't wait to try me some octomari!! Or is it calapus?

Plan 10! (3, Funny)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775103)

Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in biological life, for that is how you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, biological creatures such as these will affect you as a creature.

You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony, of the miserable souls, who survived this terrifying ordeal.

The incidents, the places. My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts of octosquids from the deep ocean?

Another photo (5, Informative)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775125)

Here's another article [hawaiitribune-herald.com] with a more close-up photo. Does anybody else hear a slithering voice saying "The Stars Are Right" when you look into its ever-so-hypnotic eye?

Holy Shit! (3, Funny)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775127)

This has got to be the worst nightmare of every sexy, busty teenage green- or pink-haired schoolgirl, ninja, and swordswoman in Japan!

GMD

half squid, half octopus... (1, Funny)

spyrral (162842) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775141)

ALL COP!

They have also discovered an "animal" (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775163)

From TFA,

"We have one starfish-like creature that we can't even get the phylum (a primary division in the animal kingdom)," he said. "We've just labeled it 'animal.'"

...and It's red because... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775167)

TFA fails to explain a curious trait of deep-sea beasties like this. They're red because in very low light conditions, red appears black - good camouflage in an inky abyss. Red pigment is much easier for creatures to synthesize than black.

Squid and Octopus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775189)

...I think we know who the man in this relationship was.

Octsquidman (1)

PyrotekNX (548525) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775193)

Half octopus, half squid, half man. I'm so serial!

Re:Octsquidman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775497)

Sorry. That "joke"* stunk when south park did it, and it's not gonna start being funny now.

  * I hate to dignify it by calling it a joke, actually. More like "a sequence of sounds that didn't make Trey Parker stop laughing when he was really, really stoned."

8 arms??? (4, Funny)

Pedrito (94783) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775199)

...with eight arms...

I hate to get into the technobabble nonsense, but I think they're called tentacles (or testicles, if you're a pretty, French foreign-exchange student).

Re:8 arms??? (1)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775549)

I think they're called tentacles (or testicles, if you're a pretty, French foreign-exchange student).

+1 Fitting Movie Reference [imdb.com]

You're wrong (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19775721)

Arms and tentacles are technically different things. An Octopus has 8 "arms." A squid has 8 "arms" + 2 "tentacles" (longer than arms) for a total of 10 appendages. This speciment was found with only 8 arms, like an octopus (instead of the 8 arms + 2 tentacles arrangement of most sqiuds), but with the mantel of a squid (which octopi lack).

So arms and tentacles are not interchangeble references.

I found all this from a simple google of the differnces between squids and octopi. You might want to do the same before attempting to correct your fellow slashdotters with mistaken information.

Mucus-like goo remains + coffee = :( (-1, Offtopic)

necro2607 (771790) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775239)

... "a lot of mucuslike things floating in the water, which are usually specimens that died at the surface and drifted to the bottom."

Jeez, I just read that exactly while taking a nice big sip from my coffee, only to nearly spit it out while visualizing some gross mucus-like goo remains of some sea critter.

Iä Iä Cthulhu Ftagh'n Iä Iä (2, Funny)

geekondemand (996056) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775349)

I for one welcome these harbingers of our dark master from beyond!

Squidopus (0, Redundant)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775373)

Squidopus is a MUCH better name.
ugh, idiots.

There goes another evolutionary opportunity. (1)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775453)

Why can't we just leave species to evolve in peace? Every time something mutates and potentially a new species is created, someone kidnaps the new creature and slices it up.

Re:There goes another evolutionary opportunity. (1)

Brotherred (1015243) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775879)

Mutations help support the evolutionary theory. New theories are always trying to debunk old ones. As long as no one has physical proof no one really knows anything. Micro-evolution is not proof of anything other than minute changes. But they do like to gather evidence of their claims.

Re:There goes another evolutionary opportunity. (1)

sanso999 (997008) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775995)

I always wonder why they can't just quickly take some pics and skin samples or biopsy style removing a bit and then wing the poor thing back where it came from. I may be the only one here who thinks they (octiSpuidPi) are cool to look at, but not on the menu. Gag.

Re:There goes another evolutionary opportunity. (1)

azenpunk (1080949) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776283)

why on earth would you assume were catching the first of the line? we've been to that depth so few times i doubt we've even seen 1/10 of the species that are already going strong. and what about the first of a new species that gets eaten by a predator before procreating? it's all part of nature, even if we use scalpels instead of incisors.

I was really drunk in Hawaii a year ago... (5, Funny)

Octopus (19153) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775597)

I remember an underwater nightclub, a squid bachelorette party, lots of dancing, some blow...

Oh shit.

life imitating cartoons (3, Funny)

louden obscure (766926) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775715)

was there a kitchen sponge living in a pineapple found nearby?

Squidopus... (1)

AugustZephyr (989775) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775923)

...Just sounds better.

Half Octopus Half squid (1)

famewolf (248372) | more than 7 years ago | (#19775967)

Who else thinks the name should be CaliSquishy?

Re:Half Octopus Half squid (1)

funwithBSD (245349) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776053)

I hear they found a larger specimen.

The SuperCaliquishy.

Squidtopus? Octosquid? (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776051)

I call baby Architeuthidae! Really small one. Test it for ammonia....

In related news, half-weasel, half-baboon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19776075)

...still occupies the White House [wikipedia.org] .

Proof of the liberal agenda (0)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776115)

Probably part of the gay agenda, too. Squids and Octopi making babies, it's just not natural! And knowing those liberals, they'll probably want to go and marry one of these octosquids and have humoctosquidian babies. And that's just wrong.

OH MY GOD! HUMOCTOSQUIDIAN WAS IN MY FIREFOX SPELL CHECK! HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN PLANNING THIS? TINFOIL! I NEED TINFOIL!

poor creature (1)

__NR_kill (1018116) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776147)

poor creature, just discovered and going directly into the red book. what if they caught the last of it's species?

Re:poor creature (1)

Nephilium (684559) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776203)

I too weep if this is the last of the species...

We'll never know what it tastes like... I think a nice garlic butter with some nice hot red peppers and olive oil would be the best way to cook it...

Nephilium...

B.I.O.C. (1)

arclyte (961404) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776173)

Blame It On Cthulhu...

Pictures... Need Pictures (1)

karlwilson (1124799) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776245)

Without pictures, this "octosquid" is about as real as that perpetual motion device.

Squidward! (1)

bhawbaker (576764) | more than 7 years ago | (#19776273)

Save Squidward!
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