First Contact – Bad Impression

// September 29th, 2005 // Science

Giant SquidIsn’t it cool that someone finally got some photos of a live giant squid? But typical that in so doing, they felt the need to get the poor thing stuck on a large hook so that it could only escape by tearing off its own tentacle. Hey, way to make first contact, guys!

Apparently this one was quite small – only about 8 metres long. The largest ever found was 18 metres. Turns out that they grab their prey with their arms and then squish it in a python-like manner. I can imagine one of those puppies crushing a wooden sailing ship just like the sea monsters of legend.

9 Responses to “First Contact – Bad Impression”

  1. ren says:

    It’s amazing footage. Just imagine how much bigger the ones around the NZ coast are! Interesting they tracked Sperm Whales to find the Giant Squid. Maybe the Japanese scientists will start to see whales in a new light, not just dinner?!

  2. Steph says:

    Terrible comment to make, but let’s just hope the poor bugger isn’t particularly tasty, now that us humans know how to catch them.

    I can just envisage someone going for the ‘world’s biggest squid ring’ Guinness record.

  3. ren says:

    apparently because the squid lives in water so deep the make up of them is different. High ammonia content would make them inedible. Just call me the sea creature GEEK!

  4. Steph says:

    Hey its factoids like that that keep the world turning… Like germany has 1 million more unemployed people than new zealand has people.

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