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.