Giant squid eye in a jar

 Sites Default Files Userfiles Giant-Squid-Eye-655 Giant squid boast the largest of all animal eyes. Their peepers can be as large as 10 inches in diameter. This specimen is in the Smithsonian's collection. My IFTF colleague Sean Ness tells me I need one for my own cabinet of curiosities. Agreed.
Giant Squid Eye



  1. No, David, you do not.

    I am reading China Mieville’s Kracken.

    You really don’t want anything to do with a giant squid, even a preserved one … especially a preserved one.

  2. Hopefully it doesn’t end up in the cabinet before the squid’s done with it. Assuming that’s the case, I fully endorse custodianship of a giant all-seeing eye in a jar. Keep it covered with a small opaque sheet for added creepiness.

  3. What’s the max aperture on that thing? f-number?

    I’m sorry – is this not the photography forum?

    1. Heh, as an amateur photographer and geek I think of things like this in photographic terms too.

      For example, we know cats see better than we do in the dark. If you look at their eyes you can see how this can be the case, and the way that light reflects out of their eyes must have something to do with it.

      But how can we express this quantitatively? Is it more about the lenses (aperture or f-stop) or the “sensor” (ISO number or sensitivity to light)?

      In the case of the squid eye, the size means it’s clearly got an amazing lens. Larger diameters mean larger apertures both in camera lenses and in eyes. But what about the sensitivity? Cats don’t have big eyes, so they must have extra sensitivity.

      It’s also cool to concentrate on what you’re seeing in a very dark environment – you’ll see that there’s a lot of noise in your own vision. Just like with film and digital sensors when you turn up the sensitivity!

  4. It needs something next to it for size comparison. I once took a picture of tom Thumb’s boots at the Ripleys believe it or not museum. They just looked like boots.

  5. how’s about a cake with icing using blueberry
    bet that’d fill a few black holes

  6. Dave Barry has given this some thought:

    “[T]he eye of a giant squid can get to be—this is an Amazing True Nature Fact, coming up here—16 inches across. Think about that. Think about the size of the whole eyeball. Think of the pranks you could play if you got hold of an eyeball like that.

    “DELIVERY ROOM DOCTOR: Well, Mr. and Mrs. Foonster, here’s your newborn child!


  7. The obvious next step is… A chart of the largest and smallest of each organ by species. Boingboing come to our rescue.

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