You Can See Right Through This Amazing Cockatoo Squid

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EVNautilus, Youtube

You've probably never seen a squid quite like the cockatoo squid—or squinted so much to see any squid, for that matter.

As Laughing Squid reports, the Ocean Exploration Trust's Nautilus research ship recently captured impressive footage of the cockatoo squid (Taonius borealis)—also commonly referred to as the "glass squid"—while exploring the deep waters of Juan de Fuca Canyon off the coast of British Columbia's Salish Sea. Why is it called a "cockatoo" squid? The reason for that becomes abundantly clear once you get a closer look at the cephalopod, which sports a head crest that looks oddly similar to a cockatoo's.

As for the story behind its alternate name, that requires even less explanation: Like glass, this deep-sea creature is completely transparent—but that doesn't mean it's lacking in color. The 60-plus known species of cockatoo squids, which are most commonly found in the North Pacific Ocean, all have color-changing chromatophores that allow them to glow a red hue or get spots.

You can watch this amazing creature in action in the video below:

[h/t: Laughing Squid]

17 Signs That You’d Qualify as a Witch in the 1600s

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YouTube

Are you a woman? Do you have a birthmark? Do you enjoy spending quality time with friends without a chaperone? You might just be a witch! At least that's how the thinking went in the 1600s, when now completely normal behaviors could have seen you accused of witchcraft.

Grab your broom and the pointiest black hat you can find, and join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she shares 17 signs that might have branded you a witch during the 17th century in this week's all-new edition of the Mental Floss List Show. You can check out the full episode below:

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Driver Captures Avalanche Crashing Down Colorado Mountainside on Video

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Aside from being attacked by a mountain lion, getting caught in the middle of an avalanche is probably a Coloradan's worst nightmare. As Mashable reports, that became a reality for multiple people who were driving down a highway near Denver on March 3.

On Sunday, two separate avalanches ripped down a mountainside in Summit County's Ten Mile Canyon. The first one sent plumes of snow across Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and the nearby town of Frisco, Colorado. Later that evening, a second, heavier avalanche caused the same highway to shut down for three hours.

No one was injured and no cars were buried in either instance, but video footage of the phenomenon shows just how bad it could have been. In one video posted to Twitter by Jeremy Hubbard, an anchor with local Fox affiliate KDVR, a driver puts his or her car in reverse and starts backing up as the snow rushes towards their vehicle. Further ahead, one truck seems to disappear into the snowy mist. However, according to Hubbard, the bulk of the snow never reached the road in the first avalanche.

The second avalanche was also a close call for many people. One driver named Will captured the action in his side view mirror, which you can watch in the video below. (Warning: He uses some adult language.)

Avalanches are not an uncommon sight at Colorado's Berthoud Pass and Red Mountain Pass, but they seldom occur along I-70. In this particular instance, "heavy snow across the high mountains created conditions favorable for avalanches," The Denver Post explained. Sometimes, when there's a build-up of snow, the Colorado Department of Transportation will proactively shut down highways and conduct controlled avalanches in order to prevent potentially dangerous incidents like what happened on Sunday.

For skiers and snowboarders, safety precautions are especially important. Avalanche beacons (devices that send your location to rescue crews) can be lifesavers. Read up here on some of the other guidelines you can follow to save yourself should disaster strike.

[h/t Mashable]

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