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Somewhere in the briny shadows of the world’s most mysterious oceans, the giant squid is having a hearty chuckle. Not only has this crafty cephalopod never been seen alive in its natural habitat (and that’s not for a lack of looking from such scientists as the Smithsonian Institution’s Clyde Roper), but now some of Architeuthis dux’s significantly smaller buddies have diverted attention from the great sea-monster search. As was reported in the journal Science, mysterious squids were recently spotted “at bathypelagic depths in four ocean basins….All shared unique features: very long contractile arms and tentacles…arms held outward from the body axis then abruptly bent anteriorly, and extremely large terminal fins which slowly undulate.” Indeed, they look really cool, kinda like inflatable sea spiders. At the “Weird Deep-Sea Squids and the Nature of Natural History” lecture, Dr. Michael Vecchione, a curator at the Smithsonian’s Department of Invertebrate Zoology, will show creepy pix of the new discoveries at noon at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Sean Daly)