The Signs as Cats

Aries - Siamese

Taurus - Somali Cat

Gemini - Balinese Cat

Cancer - Turkish Angora

Leo - American Curl

Virgo - Japanese Bobtail

Libra - Ragdoll

Scorpio - Russian Blue

Sagittarius - Maine Coon

Capricorn - Siberian Cat

Aquarius - Abyssinian Cat

Pisces - Javanese Cat

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Hummingbird Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi)

Also known as Berry’s bobtail squid, the hummingbird bobtail squid is a species of bobtail squid found throughout the warm waters of eastern Asia. Like most bobtail squid, berry’s bobtail squid has a light organ in its gill cavity which emits light to help it hide its silhouette from predators. During the day the hummingbird bobtail squid can be found buried in the sediment, at night they will emerge to feed on small invertebrates like shrimp and other crustaceans.



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These awesome little cephalopods are Bobtail squid and they were photographed by diver and underwater photographer Todd Bretl. Todd’s stunning photos reveal the beautiful markings on the squids’ tentacular bodies and, we like to think, a bit of their respective personalities as well.

Bobtail squid primarily inhabit the shallow coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean and are closely related to cuttlefish. However they tend to have a rounder mantle than cuttlefish and have no cuttlebone. And when we describe them as little, we really mean it. The typical mantle length of a male bobtail squid measures being between 1 and 8& cm.

Visit Design Taxi to view more of Todd Bretl’s beguiling Bobtail squid.


These photographs are *stunning*

In this series, entitled Bobtail Squid, underwater photographer Todd Bretl documents the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The creatively composed shots transform eight curled arms and a round body into beautifully abstract shapes floating against a stark, black background.

Bretl was raised on a boat in Bermuda and has always been fond of the ocean. Since he was 12, he has been diving underwater to explore the mysteries below the sea. Eventually, he decided to carry an underwater camera along with him on a dive, stating that he became “utterly addicted to the unique balance of art, science, technology, and adventure provided by the pursuit of underwater photography.” Through his passion, the talented photographer brings the depths of the sea to the surface, finding life and personality in the magnificent world that most of us would not otherwise have the opportunity to appreciate.



Microbiology: Here’s looking at you, squid 

Margaret McFall-Ngai has dissected the relationship between a beautiful squid and its live-in bacteria — and found lessons for microbiome research on the way.

by Ed Yong

The aquarium looks empty, but there is something in it. A pair of eyes stick out from the sandy floor, and their owner is easily scooped up into a glass bowl. At first, the creature looks like a hazelnut truffle — small, round and covered in tiny flecks.

But with a gentle shake, the flecks of sand fall off to reveal a female Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes), about the size of a thumb. As she jets furiously around the bowl, discs of pigment bloom and fade over her skin like a living pointillist painting.

There are no other animals in the bowl, but the squid is not alone. Its undersides contain a two-chambered light organ that is full of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri.

In the wild, their luminescence is thought to match the moonlight welling down from above and cancel out the squid’s shadow, hiding the animal from predators. From below, the squid is invisible. From above, it is adorable. “They’re just so beautiful,” says Margaret McFall-Ngai, a zoologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “They’re phenomenal lab animals.”…

(read more: Nature)

images by Margaret McFall-Ngai