A Squid Was Captured On Camera, But Not For A Nature ProgrammeMay 19, 2010
Last week, Metro, the source of some of my more ridiculous postings, threw up some more goodies to write about. Here’s one of them. A man from South Wales appeared in a magistrates’ court accused of possessing a picture of a man having sex with a Squid. I’ll give you a moment to digest that one. It was not specified in the report why the police were called to his house, but they found pornographic images on his computer, one of which was this Squid. And it was dead. He was charged with possessing an image of someone ‘performing an act of intercourse with a dead animal.’ Apparently, the prosecutors then amended the charge, admitting that it could’ve been an Octopus. Oh, well that’s all right then. I mean, when I shuffle off this mortal coil, I hope my gravestone, or urn would have me down as a Pie rather than a pudding. We must all do what we can to correct such errors.
On reading about the importance of distinction, in order to correctly charge this man, I was compelled to conduct a cursory search to find the differences between the two. We all know they come from the sea. We also know they sit well on a plate with a choice of vegetables. But what separates these creatures? Here’s what I found, thanks to various sources, from Yahoo to Wikipedia (yeah, I know, I dug deep).
A Squid has eight tentacles, plus two extras with hooks and/or suckers or sucker rings. There are fins on either side at the top end of the long head. It doesn’t have bones, but it does have a flexible spine called a pen. It can grow from 1cm to 20 metres, though that’s not been scientifically documented. It’s more likely to be as large as 14 metres, which is almost the length of one of our own 18 metre bendy buses. It can live between nine months and five years and roams the open ocean, either alone, or with a school.
An Octopus has a round head and eight tentacles, each furnished with one or two lines of suckers. There is neither a shell, nor a stiff bone in its body, but it has paralysing venom, so don’t go prodding it with sticks when you’re diving. It can grow from 1cm to 5 metres and live between six months and five years. It lives in a cave on the ocean bed and because it’s a solitary creature, generally doesn’t live within a group.
I don’t know what that Squid/Octopus did while it was on this earth, but that is some heavy karma.