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Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Have a strong scientific background for maximum enjoyment.

    This book is very enjoyable. It goes into depth about many interesting traits of cephlapods. The one thing i would reccomend before deciding to purchase this book is to really enjoy it you should have a strong scientific background and be interested in the nervous system. I loved this book because it caused me to call on information that I had not thought about in years. It was also nice to read about the curent research going on that I thought was neglected when I was studying it.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    Great resource for would-be scientists of all ages

    Absolutely suited for would-be scientists of any age, this book is a great introduction to cephalopods. Lest you think you are not interested, consider this: as ocean temperatures rise and salinity changes, giant Humboldt squid are being found in huge numbers much farther north than ever before and have beached themselves as they did in Monterey Bay in 1992. Humboldt squid can reach up to 6 feet in length and weigh up to 100 pounds, and have a dangerous reputation for eating men alive, were one to fall from a boat into schooling squid. While "eating men alive" is probably untrue, their tentacles have teeth and barbs, and some divers find their wet suits punctured and blood drawn. The brain of squid is extremely complex and distributed in their arms: their tentacles operate with lightening-fast speed & independently of each other.

    But Humboldts have nothing on the colossal squid, which can reach 40-50 feet in length and have eyeballs as big as human heads. Fishermen of old used to tell stories of squid swallowing whole ships, or trying to. While the stories are discounted as mere tales, there is no denying the sheer brainpower and extraordinary abilities of enormous cephalopods operating in water. Wendy Williams briefly introduces us to famous octopi who have lived in some aquariums and talks a little about cuttlefish, which have a bone structure so light and yet so strong that materials scientists are using the principles learned from cuttlefish to build land structures.

    Until recently colossal squid have not been photographed in their feeding environment because of their extraordinary speed, evasion techniques, and the depth of their dives. But a Japanese scientist made headline news with his film of a colossal squid feeding in 2005. Photos and links are included in the book to view landmarks in our understanding of these mysterious and ingenious creatures.

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    Posted October 19, 2011

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