Squid Body From Whale Stomach

Steve O'Shea

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........ummmmmmmmmmm. Thanks Kevin. I 'kind-of' edited that photo in the final publication ........ (as in cut myself out of it)
 

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Steve O'Shea said:
What you could have in your floating blob is an intact arm, coiling around at the rear of the mantle, looking like a fin.

That was indeed a tricky one. I'm not saying the jury is out, but it is more likely than a mystery squid with a very short mantle and funny fin.

I'm glad at least SOMEONE agrees with me :smile:

One thing though; if it's indeed an octopus, then what is the almost sepia like gladius doing there? If it's a (partly extruded) gladius at all to start with?
 

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I'd say that the 'gladius' that you've labelled is actually the ripped open funnel (it's in the right place), or some severed arms viewed in a peculiar fashion; that gladius on a fresh specimen like this, if that's what it was, would be completely transluscent - you'd be very lucky to see it.

I can't say for sure that this is octopod, or that the coiled thing out the back is a fin or an arm, but I certainly lean towards the octopus theory rather than squid right now. The photograph isn't exactly the most helpful ... it's a teaser!
 

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