Jumbo Squids talk by flashing, look like lovecraftian Nightmare

Wissenschaftler haben einem Humboldt-Kalmar 'ne Kamera angeschnallt, der ist damit eine Weile mit seinem Tentakel-Rudel mitgeschwommen und angeblich soll es in dem Video um die Sprache von Kopffüßlern gehen, denn die Humbold-Kalmare kommunizieren mit Pigment-Wechseln und rot-weißen „Flashs“. Tatsächlich ist das aber natürlich die erste Videodokumentation von Lovecrafts Y’ha-nthlei, der Unterwasserstadt aus Shadow over Innsmouth, in der seriösere Cephalopoda-Forscher den Zugang zu R’lyeh, dem Gefängnis von Cthulhu vermuten. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

squidThe new research is the first to track communications between free-swimming Humboldt squid, partly because the animals show no fear of human divers. They’ve been known to rip off a diver’s mask and to attack lighting and camera equipment. The predators sport suckers lined with sharp teeth, have a two-inch-long beak used to sever the spines of fish, and have no qualms about ripping apart and eating injured comrades.

Scientists mounted cameras on three of the animals—a first for squid research—and are using the footage to begin deciphering the chatter of flashes and flickers used by these five- to six-foot-long (1.5- to 1.8-meter) “red devils.”

National Geographic: Watch Jumbo Squid Speak by 'Flashing' Each Other (via Metronauten)