Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Last year I contributed a takeoff on Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Circus, inspired by some of nature's strangest creatures. Now, Karen Osborn, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and colleagues, have found in the deep ocean near Borneo an animal that we just had to have in our circus. Read the link above, then click to enlarge.

And now, a newcomer, from the Celebes Sea,
The most curious beastie you're likely to see.
Teuthidodrilus samae, a segmented worm
with enough weird appendages to make anyone squirm.
What is it for -- all that tentacled foppery?
Evolution devising its own sort of moppery.