Scramblers in the Shallows, Light in the Deeps

This is a short, stunning clip that starts with deep-sea glowsticks and segues to shallow-water cephalopods. The first part gives you a taste of Beebe Station; the second (including the Two-Faced Squid!) demonstrates some camo tricks that make scramblers look like amateurs.

No new information here, but beautiful. Try to ignore the creationist idiot in the comments.

This entry was written by Peter Watts , posted on Friday January 18 2008at 09:01 pm , filed under biology, deep sea . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

16 Responses to “Scramblers in the Shallows, Light in the Deeps”

  1. That was absolutely stunning.

  2. That was way cool.

    But something creeps me out about TED in general.

    A yearly ruling class circle jerk about the wondrous humanitarian market utopia to come (cum).

  3. Humans are so embarrassingly underveolved, it’s a wonder we got to where we are. Fuck opposable thumbs, I want to be an octopus and have superpowers.

  4. Wow! That was so amazing it left me breathless. Thanks for sharing it, Peter.

  5. OK, Mr.Watts. I give up. Before I submit the first part of “Blindsight” Russian translation to editor, please, tell – WHAT THE HELL IS AN I-CANN FREIGTER?!

    Best rgds,
    Daniel Smushkovich

  6. ah, biological light production. And elegant testament to how selection is infinitely better and design than we humans are. Hundreds of times more efficient, it makes our means of producing light look like something a dumbass protohuman carved out of flint with another piece of flint, so wasteful it’s essentially a partner in crime with entropy.

    Few things are more beautiful.

  7. ah, biological light production. And elegant testament to how selection is infinitely better and design than we humans are. Hundreds of times more efficient, it makes our means of producing light look like something a dumbass protohuman carved out of flint with another piece of flint, so wasteful it’s essentially a partner in crime with entropy.

    That’s only because natural selection had a few billion years head start. By the looks of things, we could be caught up within the next 100 years.

  8. Dammit, that was cool! Thanks for linking that :) I loved the sea turkey best!!

  9. The star of the show was clearly the octopus at the end. Wow.

  10. rakiah said…

    But something creeps me out about TED in general. A yearly ruling class circle jerk about the wondrous humanitarian market utopia to come (cum).

    I don’t know anything about those guys. The BMW ads struck as a bit smarmy, for sure — but then, even staid old Nature produces poidcasts with jazzy musical jingles and BioRad ads.

    I just picked up the link from some biology blog…

  11. sardonyx said…

    Something about turkeys, but I just wanted to note that she’s got a pretty hot user pic.

  12. Daniel Smushkovich said…

    OK, Mr.Watts. I give up. Before I submit the first part of “Blindsight” Russian translation to editor, please, tell – WHAT THE HELL IS AN I-CANN FREIGTER?!

    “I-CAN freighter”. Only one “N”. (It’s spelled right in the book; are you working from a digital file or something?) Anyway, I-CAN is an antimatter propulsion system out of Penn State. Details here, and here, and here.

    But a blog comments section isn’t the best way to get ahold of me for editing issues. It would probably be faster to send me an e-mail.

  13. Haha. I was thinking no way is a translator posting an anonymous comment to an author’s blog bemoaning the difficulty involved in translating the author’s book.

    Unexpected entertainment.

  14. Happy Trieste Day everyone!

  15. Yes, Happy Trieste Day! I myself have a very soft spot for bathyscaphes. I even tried to build one when I was nine.

    Gross scaphian morphology here.

  16. >It’s spelled right in the book; are you working from a digital file or something?
    Yes. In the file it’s spelled right once, and wrong – once. Trust me to choose wrong.
    Thank you very much; that was the one and only riddle from “Theseus” I could not crack on my own.

    Best rgds,
    Daniel Smushkovich