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Apple vs Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Stephen Hart
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Apple vs Monterey Bay Aquarium

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:44 am

Scientific community up in tentacles over Apple's 'upside down' squid emoji

This seems to have arisen by using a widely copied drawing of a squid with the ventral (lower) side up (for classroom dissection).
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https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheet ... acher.html

However, it’s more complicated than that. Squid are mollusks, related to slugs and snails. If you orient the squid with its anatomy arranged the same way as a snail, then tentacles are actually the anatomical ventral (lower) side equivalent to a snail's "foot."
But squid swim tentacles forward, and siphon down, so the the tentacles are the behavioral anterior (forward) side.
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So the wags at the MBA are sort of right, that if the animal is moving toward you, the siphon would be on the "chin" side (and pointing backward).

(BTW, I've visited the MBA several times, have written about it for newspapers and other publications, and wrote captions for one of their exhibits. I have also studied marine biology at the University of Washington.)
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Re: Apple vs Monterey Bay Aquarium

Post by Richard Serkes » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:28 am

And I've read "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" so squid anatomy is something I'm quite familiar with. :D
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