Taningia Danae Question

Steve O'Shea

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Re: Taningia Danae Question

cbarela said:
And what predators might it have??

Here's a piece of Taningia arm from the stomach of a blue shark caught 'down under'.
 

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:shock: fascinating pictures, Steve... How big was the shark? Did you only found the piece of arm in the stomach or a whole Taningia?

cbarela, your sketch is nice :thumbsup:

TK
 

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Thanks for the Arm

Thanks for the arm shots Steve, that's going to help alot.
I know Clyde Roper has written the definative paper on these guys but I have not been able to find it online.
Here's that pencial sketch again. Almost done with the painting (helps having a place that I can post to and get feedback).
You'll notice that I have faintly sketched in that this squid has been snagged on the feeding tenticles of some much larger squid. I'm not to sure about the accuracy of this but I wanted to give a reasonable excuse for it to be flashing, and thus lighting the otherwise dark scene.

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Chris, thank you for that magnificent portrait of one of my fave cephs! You are truly a talented artist -- no surprise that you were chosen by the aquarium to do that mural.

FYI, if you happen to have a copy of Richard Ellis' THE SEARCH FOR THE GIANT SQUID (1998 Lyons Press hardcover), on pp. 149-153 there is a very interesting segment on T. danae.

Too, at the following URL there's an "action" version of that very dramatic photo of a live Taningia:

http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/squid_taningia_surprise.html

Somehow, I seem to remember another source mentioning that Taningia's ink was also bioluminescent.... but then, I could've dreamed that.... Steve-O?

Always lookin' for more info on them flashers!
[need a T. danae smiley]

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Isn't it AWESOME to have Tani back!??

:welcome: :!: :!:

Ditto on the remarks about the sketch; top stuff, thanks!
 

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I've just completed and posted my Taningia Danae painting so it should be up in the gallery's in a couple of days. Any feedback/critiques are more than welcome. This is the first in a series of deep sea squid illustrations that I am doing for (hopefully) publication.
Thanks!
Chris Barela
 

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We've now got pretty good proof that a second species of Taningia exists, and a new 'giant' Octopoteuthis. We'll start working on these shortly, and post a few updates in coming months.
 

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