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    With This Devoted Squid Mama, I Bid Farewell
    By Danna Staaf | November 6th 2012 06:17 AM | 8 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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    Squid typically die after spawning. Their orphaned eggs are left alone in the cold brine to develop and hatch, never knowing a mother's tender caress. 

    But as in all of biology, there are exceptions.

    It's strangely appropriate that the second of these exceptions has entered, stage left, just as I am preparing to exit, stage right, in order to engage in the intensive parental care typical of humans. I'll be spawning within the next few weeks, and taking a hiatus from the blogosphere to focus on my in-home developmental biology experiment.

    So let me leave you with the remarkable image of a mama squid caring for her young--only the second species of brooding squid to be discovered, ever! And by some of my favorite people, too: Stephanie Bush, Henk-Jan Hoving, Chrissy Huffard, Bruce Robison, and Lou Zeidberg. Here's Figure 1 from their hot-off-the-presses paper Brooding and sperm storage by the deep-sea squid Bathyteuthis berryi:


    A. Mama holding her eggs. B. Zoom on the egg sheet. C. Zoom-zoom on the embryos.

    As my own hatchling grows, I may re-emerge on social networks before I start blogging again, so if you want to make sure you don't miss any squiddy goodness, you can follow me on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

    In the meantime, the internet hosts many other superb sources of cephalopod news, most notably TONMO. And Deep-Sea News rarely misses a good squid story, especially with their new mascot.

    Keep it tentacular, friends!

    Comments

    Hank
    I'll be spawning within the next few weeks, and taking a hiatus from the blogosphere to focus on my in-home developmental biology experiment.
    Woot!  Well, woot for the new addition, not for the hiatus.
    Danna Staaf
    Thank you!
    Congratulations on your impending spawn! I'll miss your posts while you're off bonding and all that stuff new moms do.

    Danna Staaf
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to the bonding for sure.
    I like to imagine your are like a little momma argonaut carefully tending to your calcareous eggcase. Happy brooding.

    Danna Staaf
    Oh my gosh, the EGG CASE! I haven't even started secreting it yet! Thanks for the reminder. ;)
    This is sooo sad! (but understandable) I check this blog every weekday.

    Take care and good luck in the future! =)

    Danna Staaf
    That is so sweet! Thank you, and I hope to be back to blogging soon--certainly well before the seas rise and our squid overlords start censoring my content. ;)