Biologically inspired work by Shoshanah Dubiner
Histioteuthis ruppelli (now Histioteuthis bonelli) - The Umbrella Squid
The umbrella squid is a member of the genus Histioteuthis, or the cock-eyed squid. This genus is characterized by a right eye similar in size to other squids of the same mass, but a left eye that’s at least twice as large as the right.
The head of the Histeoteuthidae has no tentacle pockets, its club arms often have sharp hooks, and it has no corneal coverings over its eyes. In contrast, the largest family of squid (Loligo) have club tentacles without hooks, and have corneal coverings that allow a sort of “blinking” to take place.
Die Cephalopoden. Carl Chun, 1910.
Kunstformen der Natur. Ernst Haeckel, 1900.
The original hawk used to play Mordecai was kidnapped during shooting and held for ransom - production could not wait for him to be returned which is the reason that the bird that appears later in the movie has “more white feathers” - it’s a different bird.
THE BIRD WAS KIDNAPPED AND HELD FOR RANSOM.
LOL, it’s not funny but it’s so absurd, he should have written it into the plot.