Happy Thanksgiving, friends in Internetland! Man, I tell ya– this is gonna be a great one, if things are already starting out this way! If you want to please Jesse Gillespie, there are few things that win bigger than the discovery of a brand new lifeform right here on earth that qualifies as “alien-like”. Meet the “squidworm”, recently uncovered by biologists involved in the global (and awesome) Census of Marine Life project. When I first saw this photo, I was immediately reminded of the Old Ones from H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’. One of the best parts of this discovery was the addition in one article of a description of its main food source, marine snow, which is “a mix of sinking microscopic plants and animals, faecal material and cast-off mucus.” Mmmm! I’ll have what that guy’s having!
As a side note, the worm seems to bear some similarities to one of my other favorite not-quite-earth-animals, the “elbow squid” (magnapinna). Not enough people know about this guy, and he’s in need of some serious cuddling:
Thank you, O Mighty Creator, for Your ultimate bizarreness. And pie.