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    Return of the World's Cutest Squid
    By Danna Staaf | October 6th 2009 12:25 AM | 9 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    About Danna

    Cephalopods have been rocking my world since I was in grade school. I pursued them through a BA in marine biology at the University of California...

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    My personal favorite sepiolid is the striped pyjama squid. It burrow in the sand! It secretes mucus! And it is spelled in the British way! Seriously, nothing should be allowed to be that cute:


    As a bonus, its eyes are closed in this picture, to minimize potential creepiness.

    Comments

    Becky Jungbauer
    Anything with "pyjama" in the name is automatically cute. And striped? Bonus!
    Danna Staaf
    Hey it turns out there is also a pyjama slug!
    Becky Jungbauer
    That slug is wicked awesome. What in the world are those tentacle-y looking things? And I love the devil horns up top.
    Danna Staaf
    The "tentacles" are actually external gills, and the horns are rhinophores--literally "nose-bearers," actually chemosensory structures.
    Becky Jungbauer
    I feel like an inarticulate doofus, but all I have is "Wow....that's so cool..."
    Danna Staaf
    Oh, but "that's so cool!" is the true language of SCIENCE! In some ways more so than blathering about chemosensory structures.
    jtwitten
    That is the second cutest squid.  This is the first cutest squid.
    Danna Staaf
    If you  mail me one, I can post an official review. =)
    jtwitten
    Unfortunately, my brother is a professional chef, not a professional toy maker.  So, the stuffed animals are strictly limited editions.  The one in the picture belongs to our sainted mother.