Good thing my cell phone has a camera, lest I miss an opportunity to spot a mollusk in the wild!
Yes, that’s a giant squid graphic on the side of a U-Haul, which isn’t quite as exciting as seeing a real live something. But then again, I live in New York City, I have to work with what I got, otherwise it’ll be all rats, pigeons, and cockroaches, all the time. And I’ll point out the obvious: none of those are mollusks.
I love the Giant Squid blurb on this graphic:
The first recorded encounter with the world’s largest invertebrate took place off the coast of Newfoundland. What secrets of the deep were revealed with the discovery of the giant squid?
While the question itself is a little silly, I love that it’s trying to pique curiosity. I’ve been seeing their Red Panda graphic a lot lately (I probably just notice it in particular because OMG, adorable red panda!!!!), so I actually checked out their website for more information. And there’s really a lot of fun stuff to explore, largely about animals and fossils in different states and Canadian provinces, though also New Mexico’s about the Roswell UFO incident (that one’s cheeky).
I say good going, U-Haul! I hope other curious people are seeing these graphics and wondering about the world around them. My environment is so text-dense, mostly with incredibly obnoxious advertising, so it’s great to see that some fun science has wriggled its way in there as well.