(Renamed) Kat out on MBARI's Western Flyer

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I also re-attached them so hopefully one of those works. Here are a couple from today, all the same specimen of Galiteuthis caught at about 1075m (!!!), ML about 120mm. Today we also saw Histioteuthis dolfleini and Octopoteuthis deletron, but I didn't get a chance to photograph them because the Aquarium folks spirited them straight off into the dark fridge to try keeping them alive a while! They were gorgeous though :shock:


 

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They look more like dramatic glass sculptures than live animals. Have any of the aquariums been able to keep the deep sea squid in captivity?
 

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Well, without spilling too many beans, the Monterey Aquarium is planning an all-ceph exhibition in about a year, which will hopefully include some fairly non-standard species :wink:
 

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Here are a couple more. They're all Galiteuthis and all from yesterday--we saw some cool stuff today (more Octopoteuthis, Chiroteuthis, Galiteuthis, Taonius) but I didn't get the chance to photograph any of it in the lab. We also saw some adorable baby Octopus rubescens last night, which the MBA people are taking good care of :smile:


 

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OK, it's official. I'm stowing away on this ship and never leaving. This morning we saw a brooding Gonatus at 1600m, waving her inky egg sheet gently as she floated along. We got a very good look at her and were even able to zoom in on the eggs--we could see eye spots! These images are screen grabs from my little video camera, which was filming the live feed on screen, so they're not great quality, but you'll get the idea!



 

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Tintenfisch;197773 said:
OK, it's official. I'm stowing away on this ship and never leaving. This morning we saw a brooding Gonatus at 1600m, waving her inky egg sheet gently as she floated along. We got a very good look at her and were even able to zoom in on the eggs--we could see eye spots! These images are screen grabs from my little video camera, which was filming the live feed on screen, so they're not great quality, but you'll get the idea!

Amazing, I love this!
 

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Thanks to the TONMO FB page, I got a PM there from John Bowers, offering the following:

FYI - Similar brooding also seen off northern Japan... The Japanese egg brooder is _Gonatus madokai_. Brooding has also been reported of California in _Gonatus onyx_. There are likely other brooding gonatids out there in the deep sea.

Cover photo and access to paper available here: http://www.biolbull.org/content/223/3.cover-expansion (Subscription required, but available for free one year after publication)
 

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