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Squid Collection

"Squid: Mythical Creatures and Underwater Wonders" From ancient times to modern depictions, they have captivated our imaginations

Background imageSquid Collection: Fish Mosaic from Pompeii

Fish Mosaic from Pompeii
Floor mosaic from Pompeii of fish, octopus, squid, lobster, eel and crustaceans. Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Napoli collection

Background imageSquid Collection: Kraken Attacks a Ship

Kraken Attacks a Ship
A kraken attacks a sailing vessel

Background imageSquid Collection: Kraken attacking ship during a storm

Kraken attacking ship during a storm
A mythical Kraken attacking a sailing vessel during a storm

Background imageSquid Collection: Verne / Under the Sea

Verne / Under the Sea
20, 000 LIEUES SOUS LES MERS [20 000 leagues under the sea] A giant squid, seen from the safety of the Nautilus

Background imageSquid Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageSquid Collection: VERNE: 20, 000 LEAGUES, 1870. One of Captain Nemos sailors seized by a giant cuttlefish

VERNE: 20, 000 LEAGUES, 1870. One of Captain Nemos sailors seized by a giant cuttlefish. Wood engraving after a drawing by Alphonse de Neuville from an 1870 edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under

Background imageSquid Collection: Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON

Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON
VT-7670 Giant Squid Illustration Architeuthis Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageSquid Collection: Vampire Squid. Going in to 'pineapple' defensive posture. California USA

Vampire Squid. Going in to "pineapple" defensive posture. California USA
DOW-291-N Vampire Squid - going into pineapple defense posture California, USA Vampyroteuthis infernalis Steve Downer Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageSquid Collection: Verne / Under the Sea

Verne / Under the Sea
20, 000 LIEUES SOUS LES MERS [20 000 leagues under the sea] The squid claims a victim

Background imageSquid Collection: Channel Isles Squid

Channel Isles Squid
Fishermen of Jersey, Channel Islands, desperately fight this giant squid, but two of them lose their lives in the battle

Background imageSquid Collection: Great argonaut, cuttlefish and flying squid

Great argonaut, cuttlefish and flying squid
Great argonaut, Argonauta argo 1, cuttlefish, Sepia tuberculata 2 and European flying squid, Todarodes sagittatus 3. Polpo dell argonauta, Seppia tubercolata, Calamajo sagittato

Background imageSquid Collection: The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho)

The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho)
1147337 The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho) by Twidle, Arthur (1865-1936); Private Collection; Peter Newark Historical Pictures; English, out of copyright

Background imageSquid Collection: Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a

Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageSquid Collection: The Nautilus - 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea

The Nautilus - 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea
The Nautilus submarine cuts through the deep ocean, amidst millions of squid and other sea creatures. Jules Verne, 20, 000 Lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) Date: 1870

Background imageSquid Collection: SEA MONSTER, 19th CENTURY. The legendary Scandinavian sea monster Kraken attacking a ship

SEA MONSTER, 19th CENTURY. The legendary Scandinavian sea monster Kraken attacking a ship. Wood engraving, 19th century

Background imageSquid Collection: Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) in mid water over a coral reef. East End

Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) in mid water over a coral reef. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, West Indies. Caribbean Sea

Background imageSquid Collection: Squid (Abraliopsis atlantica) deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde

Squid (Abraliopsis atlantica) deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde. Captive

Background imageSquid Collection: Striped Pyjama Squid - Small Pyjama squid surrounded by Mysid shrimp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Striped Pyjama Squid - Small Pyjama squid surrounded by Mysid shrimp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
AU-00333-TED Striped Pyjama SQUID - surrounded by Mysid shrimp Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific Ocean Sepioloidea lineolata Auscape Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageSquid Collection: Octopus and squid species

Octopus and squid species
Common octopus, Octopus vulgaris 1, musky octopus, Eledone moschata 2, European flying squid, Todarodes sagittatus 3, and glass squid, Cranchia scabra 4

Background imageSquid Collection: Sepia officinalis, cuttlefish, side view

Sepia officinalis, cuttlefish, side view

Background imageSquid Collection: Picture No. 12019792

Picture No. 12019792
Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish - embryo in egg on underside of coconut shell - Joleha dive site, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi

Background imageSquid Collection: Belemnotheutis antiquus, squid

Belemnotheutis antiquus, squid
A well-preserved Upper Jurassic squid aged 160 million years. This specimen originates from Christian Malford, Wiltshire

Background imageSquid Collection: Seven squid and octopuses

Seven squid and octopuses
Tableau 2 from Albertus Sebas Thesaurus, Vol 3, 1759

Background imageSquid Collection: Vampire Squid. Going in to 'pineapple' defensive posture. California USA

Vampire Squid. Going in to "pineapple" defensive posture. California USA
DOW-292-N Vampire Squid - going into pineapple defense posture California, USA Vampyroteuthis infernalis Steve Downer Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageSquid Collection: Vampire Squid - Monterey - California - USA - Small white discs / Dots are Photophores - Light

Vampire Squid - Monterey - California - USA - Small white discs / Dots are Photophores - Light producing organs - Deep
DOW-149 Vampire Squid Monterey - California - USA Vampyroteuthis infernalis Small white discs / Dots are Photophores - Light producing organs - Deep sea 600-900mtrs/2-3000 ft in the oxygen minimum

Background imageSquid Collection: Front cover of The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (1802-85

Front cover of The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (1802-85
CHT179967 Front cover of The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (1802-85) published in London, 1881 (colour litho) by English School

Background imageSquid Collection: HARPERs WEEKLY, 1886. The fishery troubles - Scene in the harbor of Hearts Content

HARPERs WEEKLY, 1886. The fishery troubles - Scene in the harbor of Hearts Content, Newfoundland - Catching squid for bait. Engraving from Harpers Weekly, 29 May 1886

Background imageSquid Collection: Japanese Squid PM 9575 Sepioteuthis lessoniana © P. Morris / ARDEA LONDON

Japanese Squid PM 9575 Sepioteuthis lessoniana © P. Morris / ARDEA LONDON
PM-9575 Japanese SQUID Sepioteuthis lessoniana Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageSquid Collection: Oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana). Sea Cave, Oahu, Hawaii (N. Pacific) (rr)

Oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana). Sea Cave, Oahu, Hawaii (N. Pacific) (rr)
Andre Seale / SpecialistStock

Background imageSquid Collection: Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) emitting light from photophores, Toyama Bay, Japan

Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) emitting light from photophores, Toyama Bay, Japan. This form of bioluminescence is used as counter illumination camouflage

Background imageSquid Collection: Dried squid, Tsukiji Central Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Dried squid, Tsukiji Central Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Background imageSquid Collection: Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving)

Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving)
6947882 Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageSquid Collection: The depths of the sea in the 13th Century

The depths of the sea in the 13th Century
3359193 The depths of the sea in the 13th Century; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the depths of the sea in the 13th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSquid Collection: Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving)

Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving)
6947881 Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Octopus anatomy, ventral face, 1900); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageSquid Collection: Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print)

Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print)
7339938 Frontispiece of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, c.1870 (print) by Riou, Edouard (1833-1900) & Neuville, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de (1835-85); National Maritime Museum

Background imageSquid Collection: Sherd decorated with argonaut in relief. Red slipped on reverse, -50 BC (ceramic; slipped)

Sherd decorated with argonaut in relief. Red slipped on reverse, -50 BC (ceramic; slipped)
7309986 Sherd decorated with argonaut in relief. Red slipped on reverse, -50 BC (ceramic; slipped); 9.3 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageSquid Collection: British poster warning of the threat posed by the cooperative movement, 1897 (litho)

British poster warning of the threat posed by the cooperative movement, 1897 (litho)
8673238 British poster warning of the threat posed by the cooperative movement, 1897 (litho) by Huskinson, Edward Peter (1877-1940); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSquid Collection: Jar with octopus motif, -50 BC (clay, pigment)

Jar with octopus motif, -50 BC (clay, pigment)
7309962 Jar with octopus motif, -50 BC (clay, pigment); 74.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: clay, pigment, Material: clay)

Background imageSquid Collection: Octopus watching for prey, 1880 (engraving)

Octopus watching for prey, 1880 (engraving)
6426226 Octopus watching for prey, 1880 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Octopus watching for prey, 1880 (engraving)); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageSquid Collection: Argonaut, marin monster, 1553 (engraving)

Argonaut, marin monster, 1553 (engraving)
7272486 Argonaut, marin monster, 1553 (engraving); (add.info.: Marin monster. Pierre Belon recording representing the argonaut according to Pliny's description, as a fantastic squid)

Background imageSquid Collection: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1870 (engraving)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1870 (engraving)
7339940 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1870 (engraving) by Riou, Edouard (1833-1900) & Neuville, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de (1835-85); 99.5x49.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSquid Collection: Fossils of marine cephalopod, squid and cuttlefish anterus, from the Jurassic period

Fossils of marine cephalopod, squid and cuttlefish anterus, from the Jurassic period: Belemnites paxillosus, B
FLO4693386 Fossils of marine cephalopod, squid and cuttlefish anterus, from the Jurassic period: Belemnites paxillosus, B. digitalis, B. canaliculatus, B. acuminatus, B

Background imageSquid Collection: European squid, Loligo vulgaris 1, European flying squid, Todarodes sagittatus 2, horned octopus

European squid, Loligo vulgaris 1, European flying squid, Todarodes sagittatus 2, horned octopus, Eledon cirrhosa 3, 4
FLO4575961 European squid, Loligo vulgaris 1, European flying squid, Todarodes sagittatus 2, horned octopus, Eledon cirrhosa 3, 4, and common octopus, Octopus vulgaris 5

Background imageSquid Collection: Common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis 1, 2, cuttlefish species from South Africa, Sepia tuberculata 3

Common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis 1, 2, cuttlefish species from South Africa, Sepia tuberculata 3
FLO4575880 Common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis 1, 2, cuttlefish species from South Africa, Sepia tuberculata 3, Indian cuttlefish, Sepia maculata 4 and Rondelet's bobtail squid

Background imageSquid Collection: Varieties of molluscs, with scallops, clams, conches, snails and squid. 19th century lithography

Varieties of molluscs, with scallops, clams, conches, snails and squid. 19th century lithography
NWI4955661 Varieties of molluscs, with scallops, clams, conches, snails and squid. 19th century lithography.; (add.info.: Varieties of molluscs, with scallops, clams, conches, snails and squid)

Background imageSquid Collection: Bioluminescent Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), St. Vincent, Eastern Caribbean

Bioluminescent Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), St. Vincent, Eastern Caribbean

Background imageSquid Collection: Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) swimming in open water at night, Guadeloupe Island

Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) swimming in open water at night, Guadeloupe Island, Mexico. Caribbean

Background imageSquid Collection: A Diagram of the Giant Squid, 1881. Creator: Unknown

A Diagram of the Giant Squid, 1881. Creator: Unknown
A Diagram of the Giant Squid, 1881. From " St. Nicholas: Volume VIII. Part I. November 1880, to May 1881". [Scribner & Co. New York, 1881]



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"Squid: Mythical Creatures and Underwater Wonders" From ancient times to modern depictions, they have captivated our imaginations. The Fish Mosaic from Pompeii showcases the intricate beauty of these creatures, reminding us of their presence in history. Legends of the Kraken attacking ships during storms have fueled tales of adventure on the high seas. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters cartoon depicts England as an octopus of imperialism, symbolizing the far-reaching grasp of power. Jules Verne's iconic novel "20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea" takes us on a thrilling journey where Captain Nemo's sailors encounter giant cuttlefish. Wood engravings bring this fantastical world to life, leaving readers awestruck by the sheer size and mystery surrounding these deep-sea dwellers. The Giant Squid VT 7670 illustration provides a rare glimpse into Architeuthis, showcasing its immense profile. Meanwhile, the Vampire Squid demonstrates its unique defense mechanism by assuming a "pineapple" posture off California's coast. In Channel Isles and Caribbean waters alike, squid continue to thrive as vibrant inhabitants of coral reefs. Their graceful movements mesmerize divers who witness Caribbean reef squid hovering over colorful corals or Bigfin squid gracefully swimming through open water above. Whether portrayed in art or encountered in nature, squids remain enigmatic creatures that inspire awe and fascination. Exploring their mythical allure or observing them firsthand reminds us that there is still so much left to discover beneath the waves.