• Welcome to TONMO, the premier cephalopod interest community. Founded in 2000, we have built a large community of experts, hobbyists and enthusiasts, some of whom come together when we host our biennial conference. To join in on the fun, sign up - it's free! You can also become a Supporter for just $50/year to remove all ads and enjoy other perks, like Site Search. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more cephy goodness.

Monster colossal squid is slow not fearsome predator - BBC News

Joined
Jun 8, 2003
Messages
290
"The team also suggest that the colossal squid's huge eyes do not help it hunt, but instead help it detect and avoid predators of its own in the deep dark waters where it lives."

Why then are the eyes directed forward, giving overlap of the visual fields and 3-D perception - characteristic of a predator species rather than animals with lateral eyes more common in species that need to have all-round vision to detect predators
 

OB

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2003
Messages
3,100
Hear, hear, Chris, let's also conveniently forget about that massive Taningia like fin, giving EVERY indication of agility...
 
Joined
Oct 7, 2004
Messages
2,580
If they are, then I think an invite should be sent to ask them to clarify how they came to those conclusions, if not, then perhaps they should be invited over to join us :smile:
 

monty

TONMO Supporter
Staff member
Registered
Joined
Mar 8, 2004
Messages
4,884
Yeah, it's also not clear to me that an ambush predator wouldn't make full use of eyesight for hunting.
 

Kuka Lula

Hatchling
Registered
Joined
Jun 10, 2010
Messages
5
I believe in their findings... We have almost NO information on this species, but the estimates point to an ambush predator...

In the animal world there are still many features that haven't gone away over time, and their fins could be one of those features... This animal may have evolved from a much more agile and motile predator that fully used their eyesight and that lived in shalower waters not that long ago... It may have found in Antarctica the only place that they could live all of their lives and still hasn't fully adapted to life in the deep-sea...
But at those depths and at that temperature it's almost impossible that this animal could be and active predator and capable of high speed swims...

About the eyes... Mystery... More stuff to study =)
 

Latest Posts

Forum statistics

Threads
20,604
Messages
205,955
Members
8,394
Latest member
Alejandro

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak


Top