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February 06, 2004

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Jeffrey Kramer

How does eel beat squid? (Unless it's an electric eel, in which case should't it beat the lobster too?)

ben wolfson

Basically it works like this. The squid can beat the lobster by using its tentacles to force shut the lobsters claws, after which it's the work of a moment to crush the shell with its remaining tentacles (and feast on the gooey mess inside). It's a remarkably effective tactic, as anyone who's seen it in action can tell you. However, it's also the squid's only tactic—and therein lies the eel's advantage. What, ask yourself, what do you know about eels? Well, they're slippery. When the squid tries to grasp the eel with its suction pads, the eel just slides along (like, as a friend just put it, a baby through the forest), tracing a convoluted path. The squid's tentacles become entangled and soon the squid itself, unable to stay afloat, has fallen to the ocean floor (where presumably it dies). The eel can't use the same tactic on the lobster, though, because it can't slide along the pincers—it just gets chopped in two.

HTH, HAND, &c.

jholbo

You read my mind.

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Jeffrey Kramer

I am very impressed, Ben. Now, can you help me with a question which has haunted me since childhood: how do the three dyads involving Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein's Monster shake out?

Also:

It's a remarkably effective tactic, as anyone who's seen it in action can tell you. However, it's also the squid's only tactic—and therein lies the eel's advantage.

So, if the squid is a hedgehog and the eel is a fox, what does that make the lobster?

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