August 01, 2005
Cephalopod-love II

The male giant squid has to use a puny 15-gram brain to coordinate 150 kilograms of weight, 10 metres of length and a 1.5-metre-long penis," he says. "He physically plunges this penis into the female's arms, which are rather unfortunately right next to her beak. Because he is coordinating so much with so little, I think occasionally bits get chewed off when they inadvertently get too close to the beak.

My love affair with cephalopods remains unabated, I often think reincarnation as any member of my tentacled brethren seems wonderful; though now if it were as a male Architeuthis dux it may give me pause for thought…

Posted by Ian at August 01, 2005 01:26 PM | TrackBack
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