Monday, February 26, 2007

Colossal Squid

New Zealand Fishermen Catch World's Largest Squid

At ~990 pounds, the colossal squid (mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is a lot of calamari...


At February 26, 2007 3:13 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Yikes thats one big

At February 26, 2007 3:44 PM, Blogger cube said...

woman: actually this one is a male & it will be preserved for future study. But just thinking about the sheer size of this thing swimming freely in the ocean is why I prefer to swim in pools ;-)

At February 26, 2007 7:30 PM, Blogger Raggedy said...

Wow! I would not want to swim near anything like that! Amazing. Thanks for sharing him with us.
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

At February 26, 2007 8:33 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Pass me some sauce. I'm ready to dip and chow down.

At February 27, 2007 12:45 AM, Blogger Rain said...

I have a question, why couldn't they release it back into the wild? Is that even possible with a squid? Sorry that is two questions =0)

Great post, thanks!

At February 27, 2007 12:39 PM, Blogger The Phoenix said...

Looks like a big butt with tentacles.

At February 27, 2007 12:58 PM, Blogger cube said...

j.d.: lol.

rain: It's size made it so rare a specimen that they decided to preserve it for study.

At March 02, 2007 9:45 PM, Blogger Caz said...

I've long been a huge (no pun intended) of the giant squid, so you can imagine that I was a little miffed by this upstart colossal squid.

Rain - the fishermen no doubt appreciated the significants of their entirely accidental catch, and labored for a couple of hours to put a net under it, and were then careful to preserve it in their big boat freezer. It must have been unwell, perhaps that's why it was on the surface? Given the rarity of these finds, especially an entire specimen, I say kudos to the fishermen for their actions and contribution to research.

At March 02, 2007 9:46 PM, Blogger Caz said...

... and yes, that should have read "significance" ...

At March 03, 2007 8:46 AM, Blogger cube said...

caz: The squid was happily munching on a large toothfish when it was spotted by the fishermen. I think it was just distracted by a juicy morsel of food.

At March 07, 2007 2:51 AM, Blogger Caz said...

You could be right Cube.

But it did puzzle me a tad: does the colossal squid chew, like, really slowly?


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