I just had to share…

09 Aug

So I was sitting in the break room, eating my lunch and reading "The Search for the Giant Squid: The Biology and Mythology of the World’s Most Elusive Sea Creature" (thanks to my brother for such a thoughtful gift and shame on me for taking 2 and a half years to pick it up) and I read this line:

"While relatively few complete cephalopods are collected from stomachs, the hard chitinous mandibles or "beaks" are largely unaffected by digestion and accumulate in the stomach. Beak samples may be very large (up to 18,115 beaks in one Durban whale) and, if they are identified, can provide different and better information on the whale’s diet and on cephalopods than can the relatively few complete specimens (rarely more than 30 in a stomach)."

I was just about to shout out, "Can you believe they found 18,115 squid beaks in this one whale?" when I looked around at the other people in the break room, eating their lunches and talking politics and decided that it was highly unlikely that anyone would find this information remotely interesting and would probably actually deem talk of the contents of whale stomachs inappropriate lunch conversation.

So I just had to share.

In other news, I’ve made some earrings and stitchmarkers, but haven’t had any time during daylight hours to take decent pictures. Other than that I’ve been concentrating on sorting through the last few piles in my bedroom and still getting to bed before midnight. And Project Runway.


Posted by on August 9, 2006 in deep sea, other bits of life


5 responses to “I just had to share…

  1. Imbrium

    August 9, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    I wish you were in my break room. I think my response to that would be “You’re kidding me…do they have pictures?”
    I sometimes wonder what our co-workers think of some of Bradon’s and my conversations: “So, wait a minute…if the wraiths in the Chantry decide to possess all the ghouls, what will happen to the wards?” We’ve been the recipients a more than a few odd looks.

  2. Erin

    August 10, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    You know something? I might have actually done that. Or, if you had done that, I know I would have been the only one there as interested and fascinated by it as you were!

  3. Velociraptor

    August 10, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    if some one in my break room yelled that;
    i would promply kidnap them and make way for a life of adventure, leaving behind TV forever. and ever.
    coming from a girl, who amazingly turned a breakfast conversation into talk of viking berzerkers, im not shocked.
    rock on.

  4. ellie

    August 10, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Imbrium – I wish I were in your break room too! Sadly there were no pictures…
    Velociraptor – That girl had no idea what hit her. And I honestly thought I was making a related comment. Heh.

  5. morgan

    August 10, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    I would be totally fascinated until you offered to show me pictures. Then I would give you Stern Eyebrows.
    Viking berserkers, on the other hand, are always appropriate at brunch. And I have no idea why I think that.


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