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Friday Squid Blogging: COVID Relief Funds

A town in Japan built a giant squid statue with its COVID relief grant.

One local told the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper that while the statue may be effective in the long run, the money could have been used for “urgent support,” such as for medical staff and long-term care facilities.

But a spokesperson for the town told Fuji News Network that the statue would be a tourist attraction and part of a long term strategy to help promote Noto’s famous flying squid.

I am impressed by the town’s sense of priorities.

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Friday Squid Blogging: On Squid Coloration

Nice excerpt from Martin Wallin’s book Squid.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squid-Shaped Bike Rack

There’s a new squid-shaped bike rack in Ballard, WA.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Blobs of Squid Eggs Found Near Norway

Divers find three-foot “blobs” — egg sacs of the squid Illex coindetii — off the coast of Norway.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Jurassic Squid and Prey

A 180-million-year-old Vampire squid ancestor was fossilized along with its prey.

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Friday Squid Blogging: 500-Million-Year-Old Cephalopod

The oldest known cephalopod — the ancestor of all modern octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses — is 500 million years old.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Potato Masher

A squid potato masher for only $11.50.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Cartoon

Squid ink.

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Friday Squid Blogging: On SQUIDS

A good tutorial:

But we can go beyond the polarization of electrons and really leverage the electron waviness. By interleaving thin layers of superconducting and normal materials, we can make the quantum electronic equivalents of transistors and diodes such as Superconducting Tunnel Junctions (SJTs) and Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (affectionately known as SQUIDs). These devices take full advantage of the wave-like nature of electrons and can be used as building blocks for all sorts of novel electronics.

Because of the superconducting requirement, they need to be kept very cold, but quantum electronics have already revolutionized precision measurement. The most visible application has been in measuring the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Observations of the CMB have shown that we live in an expanding Universe, determined the age of our Universe, and identified the fraction of it composed of dark matter and dark energy. Measurements of the CMB have transformed our understanding of the Universe we live in. These measurements have been largely enabled by SQUIDs and related superconducting electronics in their microwave cameras.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Vampire Squid Fossil

A 30-million-year-old vampire squid fossil was found, lost, and then re-found in Hungary.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Far Side Cartoon

The Far Side on squid.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Amazing Video of a Black-Eyed Squid Trying to Eat an Owlfish

From the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Flying Squid

How squid fly.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Live Giant Squid Found in Japan

A giant squid was found alive in the port of Izumo, Japan. Not a lot of news, just this Twitter thread (with a couple of videos).

If confirmed, I believe this will be the THIRD time EVER a giant squid was filmed alive!

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squids Don’t Like Pile-Driving Noises

New research:

Pile driving occurs during construction of marine platforms, including offshore windfarms, producing intense sounds that can adversely affect marine animals. We quantified how a commercially and economically important squid (Doryteuthis pealeii: Lesueur 1821) responded to pile driving sounds recorded from a windfarm installation within this species’ habitat. Fifteen-minute portions of these sounds were played to 16 individual squid. A subset of animals (n = 11) received a second exposure after a 24-h rest period. Body pattern changes, inking, jetting, and startle responses were observed and nearly all squid exhibited at least one response. These responses occurred primarily during the first 8 impulses and diminished quickly, indicating potential rapid, short-term habituation. Similar response rates were seen 24-h later, suggesting squid re-sensitized to the noise. Increased tolerance of anti-predatory alarm responses may alter squids’ ability to deter and evade predators. Noise exposure may also disrupt normal intraspecific communication and ecologically relevant responses to sound.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Vegan Chili Squid

The restaurant chain Wagamama is selling a vegan version of its Chilli Squid side dish made from king oyster mushrooms.

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Friday Squid Blogging: China Launches Six New Squid Jigging Vessels

From Pingtan Marine Enterprise:

The 6 large-scale squid jigging vessels are normally operating vessels that returned to China earlier this year from the waters of Southwest Atlantic Ocean for maintenance and repair. These vessels left the port of Mawei on December 17, 2020 and are sailing to the fishing grounds in the international waters of the Southeast Pacific Ocean for operation.

I wonder if the company will include this blog post in its PR roundup.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Searching for Giant Squid by Collecting Environmental DNA

The idea is to collect and analyze random DNA floating around the ocean, and using that to figure out where the giant squid are. No one is sure if this will actually work.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Small Giant Squid Washes Ashore in Japan

A ten-foot giant squid has washed ashore on the Western coast of Japan.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Newly Identified Ichthyosaur Species Probably Ate Squid

This is a deep-diving species that “fed on small prey items such as squid.”

Academic paper.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Bigfin Squid Found in Australian Waters

A bigfin squid has been foundand filmed — in Australian waters for the first time.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum

Diplomoceras maximum is an ancient squid-like creature. It lived about 68 million years ago, looked kind of like a giant paperclip, and may have had a lifespan of 200 years.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video

This is the first video footage of a ram’s horn squid (Spirula spirula) .

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Friday Squid Blogging: Underwater Robot Uses Squid-Like Propulsion

This is neat:

By generating powerful streams of water, UCSD’s squid-like robot can swim untethered. The “squidbot” carries its own power source, and has the room to hold more, including a sensor or camera for underwater exploration.

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