Sepal is the first Morphoid I discovered. Despite his effective camouflage, I had noticed him scurry under a bush during one of my daily walks through Fish Creek Park here in Calgary. I wasn’t sure what it was at first…. I had never seen anything like it.
It seemed to resemble a botanical form I’ve studied- the part connects the stem of a plant to it’s flower, the sepal, and so I was calling this Morphoid Sepal, before I had even an inkling of what a Morphoid was.
This is footage that we think was filmed sometime in the 30’s…. a friend passed it along to me. She thought it was likely a forgery, like an image of the Ogopogo, because there are no other records of any encounter with a creature like this. We are sure it is a Morphoid- the skin texture is much too distinctive to be discounted. We have no idea if this creature still exists, how many of them there are or were, where it lived or what it ate.
There are actually three parts to this footage. I’ll post the other two segments in the next couple of days.
This is Cephalopodia. It has a similar form to an underwater creature, like a fish, or possibly a squid, but he lives on land. At least, we think he’s alive, and we found him on land.
Bovinae is another Morphoid we really don’t know much about. He does not have a traditional limb structure, but seems to move by throwing his weight around, in a sort of waddle.
Meet Scarabaeidae, who we don’t know too much about. This Morphoid is really not a very social creature. He likes to keep to himself, and his main defense mechanism is to stand perfectly still when he feels something is looking at him.
These we haven’t officially named yet, but I’ve been calling them Radiolaria, after a similarly shaped organism Ernst Haeckle discovered and studied in the early 1900’s. These are really curious creatures, in that they seem to be more active inside of themselves. We am not sure if they are in a state of hibernation or possibly metamorphosis.
Meet Pteropod. Pteropod is a very friendly creature. Despite her prickly texture (which all the Morphoids share) she is quite a cuddly creature. Her long limbs are quite flexible and seem to caress whatever she is grasping.
We think Pteropod is a female, though we have no concrete evidence for this. We think she may be a female through her behaviour and interactions, although this may only be an indicator of personality. Pteropod seems to show a nurturing tendency towards us and the other creatures in her vicinity.