Aww, I hurt Squid-Man’s delicate feelings

PZ Myers, my original science blogging hero, was disturbed by the video I posted (gloatingly) of some Stomatopod on Cephalopod ass-whooping.

You know, the rotten little crunchy, jointed thing wouldn’t have stood a chance if he’d been fighting within his own weight-class. I found this video on a blog called Arthropoda — a clearly biased advocacy site for violence on molluscs by the world’s dominant, bullying metazoans. -PZ

OK, let’s give the squishy a size advantage over my favorite mantis shrimp, Hemisquilla californiensis.

Ha-Ha! Run for your life, softy!

Seriously though, I am very suspicious of that video. The octopus seems lethargic and completely uninterested in the mantis shrimp. I get the feeling that the filmmakers are constantly pushing the octopus back towards the burrow as it is trying to get away.

Regardless, the score is still:

Maybe this will make the Tentacled-One feel better though…

NOOOOOOOOOooooooooo......... Photo: Roy Caldwell

We don’t get to see for certain that the mantis shrimp in that photo gets eaten. Personally, I imagine a Rocky IV-style, final round recovery from the crustacean.

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4 Responses to “Aww, I hurt Squid-Man’s delicate feelings”


  1. 1 Spirula March 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I agree. The octopus seems to be behaving oddly. But I did like the mantid’s “dust off” near the end.

  2. 2 Lulziguncula May 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I’m torn between the deep admiration I feel for PZ Myers, the burning love I have for cephalopods in general, and my obsession with mantis shrimp. Can’t crunchies and squishies just get along?


  1. 1 Even Tiny Copepods Are More Awesome Than a Slimey Mollusc | Deep Sea News Trackback on March 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
  2. 2 Disney murders a crab « Arthropoda Trackback on April 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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Michael Bok is a graduate student studying the visual system of mantis shrimp.

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