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Helicocranchia Pfefferi

13 Dec

WOW – that was a mouthful.  Bet you don’t know what it is, do you?  I didn’t either until a friend told me about it (thanks Dana) and I did a little research.  I was simply amazed.  So before you got trotting off and googling it, let me show you what it is first.

What does that look like to you?  Helicocranchia pfefferi, the banded piglet squid, is a small squid of the genus Helicocranchia.  They live near the surface of the oceans between 100 m and 200 m deep.    

Doesn’t it look like it’s smiling in this picture… like everything is just wonderful under the sea?   It is rarely photographed and this picture was captured on film at a rescue aquarium.  Can you see the ‘pig’ shape?  Round, sluggish looking with that adorable snout nose?

You learn new things every day.  Consider this your new thing for today.  There’s lots of creatures out there that look like us.  You just have to find them!

 
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This piggy would love to snort with you :)

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