Of Suckers and Fins
“A rare fossil preserved a squid attack from 200 million years ago...”
— Business Insider, May 9, 2020
A fossil testifies the oldest record of murder: a squid with a fish in its beak. A deep-sea slaughter caught—petrified—red-tentacled. Motive: hunger. Cause of death: devouring for one and asphyxiation for the other. They say the cephalopod’s greed took it to its grave. In one version, it literally bit more than it could chew and choked. In the other, the predator, euphoric to savor its fresh dish without threat of sharing, sank to an ocean depth too scant of oxygen. Summers swell voracious with their heat and lick polar caps into slush that in turn feeds the engorging seas. Will our own blind consumerism hook us in the end? Our violent ignorance framed in so blissful mid-bite.