An Open Letter To Squid
    By Danna Staaf | February 24th 2013 08:19 PM | 6 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    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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    Dear Squid of the World,

    Excuse me. What is this? I have been your friend and advocate for years. No, DECADES. (Two, to be specific.) I have championed your cause to family and friends, students and total strangers. I wore the shirts. I read the books. I even got a PEE AITCH DEE in the science of baby squid. I think I've earned a modicum of consideration. A smidgeon of thoughtfulness.

    But no. I go on maternity leave to care for my firstborn and what do you do? Everything

    In the three months since my daughter's birth, this is what you've pulled: Humboldt squid stranding. Market squid boomHumboldt squid re-invasion. Giant squid video (finally). Deep-sea squid sex. Giant squid specimen. Flying squid (again).

    Seriously, squid?

    Well . . . now that I think about it, I wonder if I'm reading it wrong. Is all this excitement really a cry for attention? Maybe you're trying to tell me how much you miss me. How much you need me. If that's the case, squid, then I'm all ears. 

    But there's someone new in my life, and she needs all my help to get through the paralarval stage in her development. I know your philosophy is "live fast and die young," but if you can take the long-term view for just a minute, you'll realize that I'm actually doing you a favor by cultivating the next generation of cephalopodiatrist.

    Four hugs,


    Congratulations to mother and para-larva, Danna! I'm sure the squid will soon come round and realize that you still love them!
    Danna Staaf
    Thanks! I suppose I should have named my daughter Teuthis to make them really happy. =)
    Glad you're back, even if it's for a moment. I missed your column.

    Maybe they're trying to tell us that Schrödinger had it backwards. Things appear only when certified and licensed scientific observers are NOT looking.

    Danna Staaf
    Hehe! Thanks! Of course there have been many other excellent writeups of these adventures, e.g.
    Good to hear from you again!  I was thinking of you when this new item came up on our local news channel 11 days ago:

    New home for octopuses

    Three octopuses have been transferred to a new home at the Brighton Sea Life Centre in Sussex.

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Danna Staaf
    Ooh, neat! Thanks!