i wish i had an eye like that
A Florida beachcomber has discovered what appears to be a huge eyeball washed up on the beach, and experts are stumped as to what kind of sea creature it came from. eye Eye, eye, what's all this then? Local resident Gino Covacci found the giant eyeball washed up at the high-tide mark of Pompano Beach on the southeast tip …
pete: you're a bloke and you're saying you DON'T ball touch??
Unfortunately it seems that Apple might be doing it again: getting us to part with our hard-earned for something that we don't really need as there is already a perfectly good (and free in this case) non-electronic method of achieving the same result, i.e. a satisfying ball-scratch.
Cut, remove sample of retina, stain, place under microscope. The construction of the retina in squid is very different from that of vertebrates. Doesn't even need any advanced genetic study - any secondary school science technician has access to the equipment and training. If experts are stumped, clearly no expert has examined it in detail.
I imagine someone more knowledgeable about comparative ocular anatomy could identify a mollusc eye without needing to cut it, just by shining a light in and looking around.
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I thought the difference between vertebrate and invertebrate eyes was immediately visible -- aren't all the nerves on the outside of an invertebrate eye, making it non-spherical, whereas our nerves went inside to make a better curve and therefore make the eye socket possible?
.. is that you need as many eyes as possible to look for it.
I'm not sure how critical eyesight is to something that large, but there is a chance that this animal will eventually show up floating belly up - I suspect removing an eye that size will have involved a serious amount of violence and fighting.
I'd keep an eye out..
Jack Sprat a local sporty big fish game hunter managed to land a very large fish on his lovely powerboat.
The big fish was deeply annoyed at having been caught and started to flail wildy about on the back of the boat, it's tail actually managed to knock Jack Sprats plastic beer containter into the ocean.
Jack Sprat having seen this shouted angrilly at the big fish "If you don't stop flailing about I am going to poke you in the eye with this boat hook".
No further explanation required.
Nuke icon because the Great C can survive the blast!
ISTR that someone asked the question; "What happens if you nuke Cthulu?" in a gaming magazine Q&A column once.
The answer given was a detailed working out of the damage inflicted by a decent sized thermonuclear warhead and some calculation to show that it would then take Cthulu about 0.5 seconds to regenerate from it. The result being that about half a second after the dust settles, he's back, as dangerous as ever, extremely pissed off with you and lethally radioactive as a bonus, just in case you weren't quite fucked enough already.
Top tip: Do not try this at home.
This invites the question, what would it take to one-hit-kill Cuthulu? If a regular thermonuke isn't enough. Antimatter bomb? De-orbit the moon atop him? Supernova at point-blank?
Might be better to fire up the LHC and tell the operators to configure it for 'black hole.' If we're going down, we're taking him with us.
The problem isn't doing the damage, the conventional nuke will vapourise the bugger quite comprehensively. The fly in the ointment is the fact that he's bleedin' immortal and regenerates damage rather rapidly, so killing him outright only has a temporary effect.
The only answer is binding or imprisonment, so you may be on to something with the black hole idea.....
They can surely determine what animal group this belongs to with a DNA test as there will surely be sufficient information banked for the related marine animals. I also suspect that a detailed analysis of the eye structure will also help determine this. From there it ought to be possible to narrow down the specific species.
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