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"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?--every, every minute?"
-Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)
“Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much . . . the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.”
—Douglas Adams, The hiTchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The common squid is a carnivorous mollusk belonging to the same class as the nautilus, cuttlefish, and octopus. The squid has a large head and a relatively large brain. Its body, stiffened by an interior cartilaginous skeleton, is spherical or cigar-shaped, with two lateral fins. Around the mouth are eight sucker-bearing arms and two contractile tentacles with spatulate tips; on the latter are four rows of suction cups encircled by rings of chitinous (horny) hooks. The contractile tentacles, longer than the rest, are used to seize the prey and pass it to the shorter arms, which hold it to be torn by strong jaws shaped like a parrot's beak. Squid can swim faster than any other invertebrate by rapidly expelling water from the mantle cavity through the ³funnel,² which can be turned to direct movement. Many deep-sea squid are bioluminescent. They shoot out a cloud of dark ink when pursued; one genus secretes luminescent ink.
I'm just a reformed Wall Street programmer trying to adapt to entrepreneurial small company and home life in the wilds of Ruruburbia. I raise vegetables, worms, cats, bees, turtles and occasionally hell (but not as much as I used to). I collect floaty pens. So far, things are going swimmingly.
gotta love the turtles!
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