I got a built-in gold lamé smile, Bebeh

Wow, check out this blorpular fellow, the piglet squid over at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in Los Angeles.

Holy combover!

Helicocranchia_pfefferihi

Via BoingBoing and Zoologix Science Blogs. Sender Inner C.S.O, excellent bloated find.

Comments

  1. Whoa! Things like this always look like they’re from another planet. I grew up by the Cabrillo Marine Museum, btw – neat place!

  2. Why don’t you come inside and have a nice spot o’ tea.

    ;) Such a friendly looking PigSquid

  3. It looks like something only Jim Henson could have dreamed up.

    Oh yeah….GO BUCKS!

  4. OMG, it’s Eddie Blobule’s glam-diva sister!

  5. That’s a rasta-jelly, mon.

  6. BIZARR-O!!!

  7. dharlan1too says:

    You’ll never convince me the Creator doesn’t have a sense of humor.

  8. He’s like the Bozo in King Triton’s world.

  9. It’s a gold leafed Bob the Tomato!!!

    OMG how adorable this guy is…

  10. He looks like Gonzo!!!

    Same face, funkier “hair”…. and googly eyes!!!

  11. The schnozz, people!!!!

    OMG, the SCHNOZZ!!!

  12. I dont know that I have ever laughed just at a creature’s appearance. But in a good way! He makes me happy!

  13. Goodnight Mrs. Calabash — wherever you are

  14. Now I guess we know where the artist’s inspiration for Spongebob’s neighbor, Squidward, came from!

  15. dharlan1too

    one word s’all I gotta say . . . Platypus

  16. that NOSE blobule, is keeling mee!

  17. if I poked him with a pin, would he go “pop”??

  18. No. Way.

    This guy is teh awesome!

  19. LOVE the smile :)

  20. I love the tentacles hair and
    googly eyes.

    And transparent!!!!Oo

  21. it looks like he’s smiling!!!
    so cute

  22. bonk! bonk! bonk! that nose! those eyes! the squiggly hair! the permasmile!

  23. To funny.
    I love the nose!

  24. It seems that Mother Nature really does have a sense of humor!

  25. This little guy reminds me of the cartoon dude from Captain Kangaroo show!
    http://www.toontracker.com/kangaroo/fred.htm

  26. Oh! Nice… um.. hair!

  27. Jerry Garcia, later in his life when he was trying to stay clean, said that scuba diving was by far a weirder psychedelic experience than anything chemically induced.

    In a strange coincidence, this fellah is a big fan of the 77-78 tours, particularly the 5/77 show at Cornell (Barton Hall), the one with the 22-minute “Scarlet>Fire” second set opener.

  28. That SCHNOZZLE! It’s so utterly beepable.

  29. I would so TOTALLY buy a squeezy toy that looked just like this li’l blorpy guy!

    The incredible variety of forms in Nature is a miracle to behold…

  30. it’s mr. bubble!

  31. Looks like Steve Chabot’s combover. Anyone in Ohio knows what I’m talking about. It’s worth googling.

  32. Hahahahahahah! That’s just really comical.

  33. Surprisingly…I want to snorgle this blobby creature…

  34. charliewabba says:

    And you may
    see me tonight
    with a gold lame smile,
    it don’t cost very much,
    but it lasts a long while.
    Won’t you please tell the man
    I didn’t blorp anyone,
    No, I’m just tryin’
    to have me some fun.

  35. it’s like a little kitty walked all over it with it’s muddy little paws, aww

  36. hee! cool!

    theo, i’m expecting some sort of RCF with this by the end of the week

  37. Peeglet sqeeed?

    “Piglet Squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi: This funny looking squid is about the size of a small avocado and can be found most commonly in the deepwater (greater than 100 m or 320 ft) of virtually all oceans. Its habit of filling up with water and the funny location of its siphone with a wild-looking ‘tuft’ of eight arms and two tentacles had prompted scientists to name it the piglet squid. “

  38. also this comment from someone named milkshake LOL

    “”ammonium ions in its body fluid that help keep it bouyant”

    Ammonia can surely make the the poor piglet stink like Windex-drinking hobo.”

  39. He/she’s dead.

  40. who? the windex drinking hobo?

  41. Paige's mommy says:

    OMG! Is that nose for reals? Looks like Gonzo!

  42. Well, I *tried* not to laugh, Paunchie…

  43. I could just see this guy floating around bouncing off the walls of his tank… balloony goodness!

  44. http://www.cabrilloaq.org/piglet.html

    Yep. Now I’m going to the ocean to spill wome Windex in his memory. RIP.

  45. Eddie McBorbelson’s second cousin on his wife’s side? Just a dear little critter.

  46. sooooooooooooo awsome.God Bless nature……

  47. Raemie L. says:

    Ziggy the cartoon character with Ziggy Marley’s dreadlocks?

  48. Do I see tiny suction cups on the tiny tentacles? CUTE!!!!

  49. I swear this is a smiling balloon with hair and nose like a proboscis monkey.

    :c)

  50. OMG B-Serve, i knew he looked familiar!
    i totally partied with this dude summer of ’90 at RFK, when the Dead played Box of Rain in a thunderstorm. Awesome…

  51. Thanks for a sweet tweenhood memory, Meg. Bloat (and all variations thereof) was one of our favorite words when I was a kid.

  52. big nose is coming to town what is it i mean what the heck he looks like squidwards fat relative

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