Colossal squid's big eye revealed

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    BBC.

    Damn, eyes the size of a football. Freaky.
     
  2. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    what am I missing, that picture does not show eyes the size of footballs
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  3. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    "Two parts of the lens from one of the colossal squid's eyes. The scientists believe these two parts formed the centrepiece of the bigger whole lens, and the outer, softer portions have degraded."
     
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    Although at first glance the picture seems to be of a pair of silicone breast implants.
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    From the article:

    "Two parts of the lens from one of the colossal squid's eyes. The scientists believe these two parts formed the centrepiece of the bigger whole lens, and the outer, softer portions have degraded."

    So that's just a small part of the whole eye.
     
  6. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Yup. That is the just the lens. Which is the part that focuses {see educational image below}. Your lens is small enough to hold on the tip of your finger (you probably don't want to test that).
     

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    Somewhere, Jules Verne is gloating and pointing out "Right again!"
     
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    I saw on the news that the scientists even ate some of that squid, just to see how it tastes. They reported that it tastes like normal sashimi. Riveting!
     
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    Very interesting! It had already been established that the squid has the largest eye of any living creature, but to see one this size is astonishing. That's definitely something I wouldn't want to run into on a sailing trip!

    :D You just made my morning!
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    thats just amazing.

    also its a female, which means this is probably as big as they grow, perhaps a bit larger/smaller depending, but the females would certainly be more likely to grow larger than the males.
     
  11. nineteentwelve macrumors regular

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    I thought the exact same thing. What dirty minds we both have! :eek:
     
  12. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    And that is why I don't swim where I can't see the bottom. Ewww... But very interesting.


    What was it doing in Antarctica?
     
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    thats their habitat. the deep/dark/cold waters there
     
  14. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Um, for a 12 year old maybe. Those would be pretty small breasts.
     
  15. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Ironically, when I first read about this, I was wondering what that giant squid would taste like. Hmm...those lenses intrigue me as well. I wonder if they are edible.Though the thought of eating an eyeball disgusts me, those two things look kind of tasty.
     
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    I'd say no. The lens is composed of laminated, cristallin proteins. It'd be like trying to eat cartilage, only worse.
     
  17. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    You making fun of my wife? She made crystaline proteins for dinner tonight. Don't taste like chicken.
     
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    Were they actually able to hack into it yet? Last I read, they were still waiting for it to thaw.
     
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    I can just hear it blinking behind me on a salt water dive.
     

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