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Hi, I'm Paxon - Queer, he/him, ANTIFA, vegetarian, intersectional trans inclusionary feminist, antiracist, socialist, wildlife biologist. This is a science and natural history blog (with conservation issues, radical left politics, feminism, queer and trans content). This blog has the occasional naked guy, and lots of arachnids. You have been warned! I love you. http://typhlonectes.tumblr.com/faq

Uncharismatic Fact of the Day

Closely related to cuttlefish, it’s no surprise that bobtail squid are masters of camouflage. These species have a special symbiotic relationship with a bioluminescent bacteria called Aliivibrio fischeri; the bacteria inhabit a special organ in the squid’s main body, and emit light to match the amount of light around it, thus hiding the squid’s silhouette. In return, bobtail squid provide their bacteria with a mixture of sugar and amino acids.

(Image: A hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) by Doug Perrine)