[links] The vampire squid and other cool things

Yes, there really is such a thing as a vampire squid, and it’s even cooler than the name suggests.

A ‘living fossil,’ the vampire squid inhabits the deep waters of all the world’s ocean basins at depths from 500 to 3,000 m. The species is a soft-bodied, passive creature, about the size, shape, and color of a football. It has a dark red body, huge blue eyes, and a cloak-like web that stretches between its eight arms. When threatened, the squid turns inside out, exposing rows of wicked-looking ‘cirri.’



Bats are pollinators, too. And a lot more cuddly than bees.

The birds and the bees may rule the daytime, but as soon as the sun sets, it is the bats that get to work pollinating.  Worldwide, over 500 species of flowers in at least 67 plant families rely on bats as their major or exclusive pollinators.





For Doctor Who fans: an amazing woman pianist plays theme music from the series, filmed wearing costumes from all twelve Doctors. Just a delight (unless, of course, you’re immune to The Doctor’s charms).

And last but not least…DINOSAUR FEATHERS!

Today a group of paleontologists announced the results of an extensive study of several well-preserved dinosaur feathers encased in amber. Their work, which included samples from many stages in the evolution of feathers, bolstered the findings of other scientists who’ve suggested that dinosaurs (winged and otherwise) had multicolored and transparent feathers of the sort you might see on birds today. The researchers also presented evidence, based on the feathers’ pigmentation

dinosaur feathers

and structures, that today’s bird feathers could have evolved from dinosaur feathers.


About Deborah J. Ross

I began writing professionally in 1982 as Deborah Wheeler with Jaydium and Northlight, (and the omnibus edition, Other Doorways: Early Novels), and short stories in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy and Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace. Now under my birth name, Ross, I have written an epic fantasy trilogy, The Seven-Petaled Shield. My collection Azkhantian Tales, includes four short stories set in that world. Book View Cafe also offers my nonfiction Ink Dance: Essays on the Writing Life.
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2 Responses to [links] The vampire squid and other cool things

  1. Phyllis Irene Radford says:

    This is amazing stuff, thank you for showing us some of the marvels of nature.

  2. Such strange and wonderful things! I’m not sure I could have made up the vampire squid.