Natural History

The Abyssal, Revisited

Humpback anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii). Any more thoughts on the questions I posed? Still curious to hear your thoughts, especially on recent sightings of the squid or octopus meme. In the meantime, a postscript to my last post: Kristeva gave us the Abject. Baudrillard gave us the Simulacrum. Freud gave us the Uncanny, among other unforgettable […]

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The Abyssal

Battle of the Titans: Giant squid (Architeuthis dux) and Sperm Whale locked in mortal combat in the vasty deep…of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life. When Clive Thompson ran an item on his brain-fryingly great blog, Collision Detection, about a colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) that fishermen hauled in off the coast […]

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