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Giant squid sightings in Japan

Postby 123Herpatology » Tue Oct 04, 2005 4:27 am

So i was browsing through CNN last Wednesday looking for my gov't current event, and there was an Article about some Japanese scientists who had sigheted a Giant Squid on camera off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands. I know this is a major discovery since until now there had only been dead or washed up giant squid seen. Did anyone else hear of this? The link is not working but if you want to check up on it just go to cnn.com and type in search bar squid under cnn.com :D [/img]
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:08 pm

I may be, if you got it from cnn. Generally the giant squid is an animal that lives in cold and saline waters, in very stable conditions, so i find it hard to believe it can survive at the surface. In fact, i think i read somewhere that it can't.. Don't believe everything you read :wink:
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Postby canalon » Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:22 pm

MrMistery wrote:I may be, if you got it from cnn. Generally the giant squid is an animal that lives in cold and saline waters, in very stable conditions, so i find it hard to believe it can survive at the surface. In fact, i think i read somewhere that it can't.. Don't believe everything you read :wink:


But he is right.
The camera was just a bit far from the surface Andrew. It was automated and had a bait attached to it. They even managed to get a tentacle to the surface (I guess the squid was not happy about that :? ).
Their results and pictures were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (sept 28th).

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Postby 123Herpatology » Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:03 am

Why is it so hard for scientists to veiw Giant squid in the ocean? Is it because they live so deep its impossible to reach/see them?
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Postby canalon » Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:08 pm

Exactly, It is hard to go down at those depth, and there is no light. Until this sighting they were only known from dead body found stranded on beaches, and if I remember correctly in at least one instance, found inside sperm whale stomach.

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Postby MrMistery » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:15 pm

Yeah, i saw that on discovery. Very cool. But when they cut the whale's stomach, they accidentally cut the gaz vesicle at the colon and the smell wasn't very nice :D
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Postby pilipit » Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:16 am

a giant squid?! when i was a kid it scared me to death, but now im rather fascinated by it. so this squid thing's true, isn't it? does the squid have a name to it yet?
is this all you've got?
apparently not.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:09 am

You mean like a scientifical name? Sure, it as an animal like all others. Hollywood just gave it a bad name. But it is indeed a fascinating creature, and it is practically impossible for someone to be attacked by one...
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Postby new_guy » Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:30 pm

Hmmm...I wonder what it taste like? :lol:
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Postby chicoguardian » Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:18 pm

aye me lads, squids are very interesting to see... them hydrophilics look good enough to eat... but still very interesting
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Postby CadetMKultra » Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:08 am

Interesting thing, is that this isn't the first healty architeuthis specimen found. Just the first adult or close to adult specimen. Atempts have been made for some time now to raise larval archeteuthis in captivity. The larvae were identified genetically by comparing them to dead specimens. At that stage they are rather unremarkable squid larvae.
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Postby Super Grendel » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:09 pm

Giants squids must have been sighted before, where else would the old saliors tales about the monster come from? I wonder what phenomina would cause them to come to the surface though.
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