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Squid Horny [Finished] - Version: Final

Like all cephalopods, squids are predators and have complex digestive systems. The mouth is equipped with a sharp, horny beak mainly made of chitin and cross-linked proteins,[27] which is used to kill and tear prey into manageable pieces. The beak is very robust, but does not contain minerals, unlike the teeth and jaws of many other organisms; the cross-linked proteins are histidine- and glycine-rich and give the beak a stiffness and hardness greater than most equivalent synthetic organic materials.[28] The stomachs of captured whales often have indigestible squid beaks inside. The mouth contains the radula, the rough tongue common to all molluscs except bivalvia, which is equipped with multiple rows of teeth.[5] In some species, toxic saliva helps to control large prey; when subdued, the food can be torn in pieces by the beak, moved to the oesophagus by the radula, and swallowed.[29]

Squid Horny [Finished] - Version: Final

As mentioned previously, squids and cuttlefishes have two tentacles equipped with suckers only at their distal ends as well as eight arms that bear suckers along their length. In terms of skeletons, squids have only a vestigial shell called a pen and a horny beak. These cephalopods are excellent swimmers that have streamlined bodies. Lateral fins serve as stabilizers, but are held close to the body for rapid swimming.

This image (and the accompanying close-up view) show a specially prepared squid dissection encased in a Lucite block. During the dissection, a midline incision was made and both sides of the circular mantle (1) were deflected to the side to reveal the internal organs. It is these rings of mantle in the intact squid that are eaten as calamari in many restaurants! The gills (2) and major arteries on this dissected squid have been injected with red latex, while the branchial hearts (3) that supply blood to the gills and major veins have been injected with blue latex. Note the large funnel, or siphon, (4) through which water is ejected to achieve a form of locomotion by "jet propulsion". A pair of lateral fins (5) helps provide stability during swimming. Squids have eight arms (6) that bear suckers along their length and two tentacles (7) that bear suckers (8) only on their distal ends. Except for a horny beak located inside the mouth (9), the squid has only a small vestige of an internal skeleton called a pen (10).In terms of circulation, all cephalopods have a closed circulatory system. Blood is pumped to the body by a centrally located systemic heart (11). After delivering its oxygen to the squid's tissues, poorly oxygenated blood is returned to the gills via an anterior vena cava (12) and two posterior vena cavae (13) to be pumped to the gills (2) by a pair of accessory hearts called branchial hearts (3). Squid are predators that capture prey with their arms (6) and tentacles (7) and dispatch the prey with a powerful beak (sometimes containing venom) inside of the mouth (9). Prey are detected with large eyes (14), the sides of one of which is seen on the dissection. From there, the food passes through the esophagus into the stomach to be digested. Once partially digested, the food is diverted to a blind pouch called the intestinal cecum (15) where the process is completed, after which the remaining wastes are discharged through the anus (16). Running along side the intestine is the ink sac (17), which can discharge a load of ink through the anus (15) that may help to conceal the squid's escape from potential predators or perhaps startle them into retreating. Also seen on this dissection of a male squid is the penis (18) through which sperm are inserted into the mantle cavity of the female during a head-to-head mating.

The alien monster is an enormous and hideous artificial creature, with a probable height of at least one hundred feet. With its dozens of long, muscular tentacles, the topsides of which are covered with boil-like contusions, it most closely resembles a gargantuan squid (hence the fan nickname). Its face possesses one large eye and a horny, eight-pronged beak. Most of its head is taken up by its enormous brain, which lies openly exposed. Its tentacles are all either a mottled yellow or a sickly blue color with a grey underside, while its head is mostly a fleshy pink. Its blood is dark green. Its face is exactly like a grotesque sketch of a Vagina Dentata featured earlier in the story (the GWAR symbol).

With a 1-2 year life cycle, Stubby squid will mate and then die shortly afterward, leaving their egg clutches buried in the sand to hatch by themselves. Baby Stubby squid hatch as tiny versions of their parents, able to forage and hunt immediately. Adults and juveniles eat shrimp that they catch with their tentacles and eat with a horny beak inside their mouths. 041b061a72


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