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Friday Squid Blogging: The Geopolitics of Eating Squid

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2024/03/68676.html

New York Times op-ed on the Chinese dominance of the squid industry:

China’s domination in seafood has raised deep concerns among American fishermen, policymakers and human rights activists. They warn that China is expanding its maritime reach in ways that are putting domestic fishermen around the world at a competitive disadvantage, eroding international law governing sea borders and undermining food security, especially in poorer countries that rely heavily on fish for protein. In some parts of the world, frequent illegal incursions by Chinese ships into other nations’ waters are heightening military tensions. American lawmakers are concerned because the United States, locked in a trade war with China, is the world’s largest importer of seafood.

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Friday Squid Blogging: New Plant Looks Like a Squid

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Newly discovered plant looks like a squid. And it’s super weird:

The plant, which grows to 3 centimetres tall and 2 centimetres wide, emerges to the surface for as little as a week each year. It belongs to a group of plants known as fairy lanterns and has been given the scientific name Relictithismia kimotsukiensis.

Unlike most other plants, fairy lanterns don’t produce the green pigment chlorophyll, which is necessary for photosynthesis. Instead, they get their energy from fungi.

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Friday Squid Blogging: New Extinct Species of Vampire Squid Discovered

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Paleontologists have discovered a 183-million-year-old species of vampire squid.

Prior research suggests that the vampyromorph lived in the shallows off an island that once existed in what is now the heart of the European mainland. The research team believes that the remarkable degree of preservation of this squid is due to unique conditions at the moment of the creature’s death. Water at the bottom of the sea where it ventured would have been poorly oxygenated, causing the creature to suffocate. In addition to killing the squid, it would have prevented other creatures from feeding on its remains, allowing it to become buried in the seafloor, wholly intact.

Research paper.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Illex Squid and Climate Change

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2024/02/friday-squid-blogging-illex-squid-and-climate-change.html

There are correlations between the populations of the Illex Argentines squid and water temperatures.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Illex Squid in Argentina Waters

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Argentina is reporting that there is a good population of illex squid in its waters ready for fishing, and is working to ensure that Chinese fishing boats don’t take it all.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Footage of Black-Eyed Squid Brooding Her Eggs

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Amazing footage of a black-eyed squid (Gonatus onyx) carrying thousands of eggs. They tend to hang out about 6,200 feet below sea level.

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Friday Squid Blogging—18th Anniversary Post: New Species of Pygmy Squid Discovered

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They’re Ryukyuan pygmy squid (Idiosepius kijimuna) and Hannan’s pygmy squid (Kodama jujutsu). The second one represents an entire new genus.

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And, yes, this is the eighteenth anniversary of Friday Squid Blogging. The first squid post is from January 6, 2006, and I have been posting them weekly since then. Never did I believe there would be so much to write about squid—but the links never seem to end.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Sqids

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2023/12/friday-squid-blogging-sqids.html

They’re short unique strings:

Sqids (pronounced “squids”) is an open-source library that lets you generate YouTube-looking IDs from numbers. These IDs are short, can be generated from a custom alphabet and are guaranteed to be collision-free.

I haven’t dug into the details enough to know how they can be guaranteed to be collision-free.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Underwater Sculptures Use Squid Ink for Coloring

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The Molinière Underwater Sculpture Park has pieces that are colored in part with squid ink.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Influencer Accidentally Posts Restaurant Table QR Ordering Code

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2023/12/friday-squid-blogging-influencer-accidentally-posts-restaurant-table-qr-ordering-code.html

Another rare security + squid story:

The woman—who has only been identified by her surname, Wang—was having a meal with friends at a hotpot restaurant in Kunming, a city in southwest China. When everyone’s selections arrived at the table, she posted a photo of the spread on the Chinese social media platform WeChat. What she didn’t notice was that she’d included the QR code on her table, which the restaurant’s customers use to place their orders.

Even though the photo was only shared with her WeChat friends list and not the entire social network, someone—or a lot of someones—used that QR code to add a ridiculous amount of food to her order. Wang was absolutely shocked to learn that “her” meal soon included 1,850 orders of duck blood, 2,580 orders of squid, and an absolutely bonkers 9,990 orders of shrimp paste.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Strawberry Squid in the Galápagos

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2023/12/friday-squid-blogging-strawberry-squid-in-the-galapagos.html

Scientists have found Strawberry Squid, “whose mismatched eyes help them simultaneously search for prey above and below them,” among the coral reefs in the Galápagos Islands.

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