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Old 04-04-2003, 09:42 AM   #1
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4/4/2003: Colossal squid



The sea has coughed up an oddity. It has eyes a foot in diameter, the largest of any animal. It has eight arms and two huge long tentacles with razor-sharp hooks on the end, which it uses to rip its prey to shreds. It doesn't have teeth, it has beak-like hooks. In order to find food, it glows, lighting up the deep dark waters where it swims. It's meters longer than the largest whales.

Fishermen near Antarctica discovered this, a massive beast, but it's just a baby. They believe there are even more massive squids out there. Be afraid...

They couldn't call it a "giant squid" because that name is already used, so it's (temporarily?) the "colossal squid".

Scientists kinda knew *something* was out there before finding this one, because of squid meat found in the stomachs of whales. Interesting!

And they think there must, now, be other beasts in the deep ocean that we just don't know about.
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:50 AM   #2
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Mmmm, Calamari...
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:50 AM   #3
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They also mentioned that this is the second fully intact specimen they've found, so it's not super new. But still...

One quote I liked was something like "If you fell into the water near this guy, you're in serious trouble."

It was caught on a net feeding on fish that were up to <b>two meters</b> in length. So that should give you some idea of its ability to eat, oh, say, a 5'4" woman.
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Old 04-04-2003, 10:30 AM   #4
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its ability to eat, oh, say, a 5'4" woman.

Hell, I did that last night.


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Old 04-04-2003, 10:53 AM   #5
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Ha ha!
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:13 AM   #6
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How do they know it's a baby? Maybe it's a neotenous adult.
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:51 AM   #7
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So this thing is a species of squid even bigger than what we call Giant Squid? Wow.
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Old 04-04-2003, 12:25 PM   #8
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How do they know it's a baby? Maybe it's a neotenous adult.
Your point reminds me of something sort of unrelated. Things scientists just convieniently ignore.

In my human evolution class a while back, the professor was explaining how they determine the date of a fossil or find if they're unable to date the find directly. Instead, they date the earth directly above and below the fossil, and get a possible date range from the soil or rock layers.

I asked him how they would know if someone dug deeply into the earth and placed the artifact or fossil into a different earth/time layer than what it was supposed to be in.

And he could only reply mischeviously that no one would ever do that.

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Old 04-04-2003, 12:48 PM   #9
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You said it was "meters longer than the largest whales." Blue whales are about 75 to 80 feet long, or about 24 meters long. Sorry, but this thing doesn't look that long.
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:25 PM   #10
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That's because it's just a baby.
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Old 04-04-2003, 03:05 PM   #11
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The adults attack sperm whales. Their balls must be bigger than their eyes.
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Old 04-05-2003, 12:32 AM   #12
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See all that brown and white stuff above the tentacles? That's also part of the squid!

You can get an even better look at the size and TALONS by checking out the video at this link:
http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplayli...v4u8un3e8e7668

They're saying it is 16 feet.

Antarctica is a jungle full of wildlife underneath the icy water. Coparatively, the warm, clear water in say the Gulf of Mexico is a nice warm desert underneath the water. Only the coldest of water could probably support this thing.
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Old 04-05-2003, 05:24 PM   #13
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Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf held his usual midday news conference, telling reporters that U.S. troops were not in the capital and claiming that Saddam's forces had repelled the attack of the giant squid.

"Today, the tide has turned," al-Sahhaf said. "We have destroyed the evil monster sent from America."

Speaking to the Al-Arabiya Arab satellite channel, a man who claimed to be a member of the Fedayeen vowed to keep up the fight.

"They are cowards. They are afraid to fight us face to face so they sent this giant squid. We will show them and cook the squid and eat it. Allah be praised. God is great!"
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Old 07-03-2003, 11:56 AM   #14
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Here's another one. This 41 foot carcass washed up in Chile.the link
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Old 07-03-2003, 12:50 PM   #15
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Ewww.
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