What looks at first like a barren and forbidding wasteland is actually the largest biome on the planet, populated by fantastical creatures such as the anglerfish, vampire squid
and ancient corals that have been around since the Bronze Age.
The Wall Street bank, nicknamed the "great vampire squid
" for its powerful grip on the world's banking industry, told London staff last week that sex-reassignment surgery and IVF treatment had been added to its employee benefits plan.
It is surely symbolic that Goldman's new office tower commands sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, because if any bank both captures and mocks both the American Dream and Emma Lazarus's words, it has to be this one, dissed as the "vampire squid
of humanity" by its critics.
From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid
from Hell' stalking the lightless depths, Hird takes us on an astonishing journey as he follows the tides and currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.
Admittedly, my argument for staying in isn't advanced by a Remainer PS200-per-plate London dinner next month or the US boss of vampire squid
bank Goldman Sachs publicly calling for a second referendum.
A rare sighting was Vampyroteuthis infernalis " Latin for"vampire squid
from hell." The odd creature has blue eyes, a dark red body and cloaklike webbing over its arms.
But the fact that she spent her time giving speeches to a global bank nicknamed the "vampire squid
" - speeches which the rest of us were never meant to hear - sits oddly with the way she presented herself at the Conservative conference.
Sutherland is an insiders' insider: former head of the World Trade Organization, European chairman of the Trilateral Commission, past chairman of British Petroleum, former Steering Committee member of the Bilderberg Group--and, until recently, chairman of Goldman Sachs International, the global banking behemoth known as the "vampire squid
" for its predatory, corrupt practices that have been the cause of so many of the crises that now engulf our planet.
This leftovers lifestyle helped Hoving make sense of surprises he and colleagues found in 43 preserved female vampire squid
How sick are you of hearing the term "vampire squid
" every time you're mentioned (Taibbi likened investment bank Goldman Sachs to the sea creature in an 2009 article in Rolling Stone)?
I suspect I will no longer be around if and when HS2 is finally up and running, but I'd bet the main beneficiary will overwhelmingly be London, the vampire squid
for British government resources, and that Liverpool will suffer another let down.
Large-scale models of a diverse array of deep-sea creatures bring to life dramatic interactions between bioluminescent predators and prey, including a vampire squid
that waves bioluminescent arm tips to confuse its attacker long enough for it to get away.