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The Giant Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni)

Postby Schröder » Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:23 pm

Most species of squid are less than 75 cm long, but some are considerably larger. The giant squid (Architeuthus dux) was for a long time the largest squid known with a mantle up to 2.25 m long and a total length of 18 m. In 2003 however a specimen of a rare species with a mantle length of 2.5 m was caught near Antartica. Some biologists think this specimen was a juvenile and estimate that adults of this species could be twice as large! Remains of both species have been found in the stomochs of sperm whales which are probably their only natural predator. Scientists have never observed either squid species in its natural habitiat. As a result, these marine giants remain among the great mysteries of invertebrate life.


My question to you guys is how can an animal as big as that elude scientists for such a long time? I mean yes, the ocean is a big place but with technological advancements like sonar and satellite, shouldn't this species already be found by now?
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Postby Oscerot » Mon Dec 25, 2006 7:30 pm

Yes, the water is a ...VERY big place. Let it also be known that there are depths that even today we still cannot reach simply due to the massive amount of pressure.

The mysteries....oh man. This makes me want to become a marine biologist! xD
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Postby Darby » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:04 am

Your info is dated - there was a film of one taking bait that hit the net last year, and sometime in the last 2 weeks one was pulled to the surface and filmed for the very limited time that it was still alive.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... squid.html

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/12 ... topstories
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Postby Schröder » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:41 am

I wasn't talking about Architeuthis. Yes that is one of the giant squids but the largest one Mesonychoteuthis has yet to be discovered.
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Postby Oscerot » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:58 am

Let's not forget that there may be an even more giant squid somewhere out there....hrm..new species...
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:32 am

well like it was said the ocean is a very big place. and giant squit, and probably it's bigger cousin live at great dephs. don't forget, until recently people thought Latimeria was extinct..
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