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Ultra Peanut
02-22-2007, 06:12 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6385071.stm

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Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb), took two hours to land in Antarctic waters.

Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact.

One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres.

"I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing," Steve O'Shea from Auckland's University of Technology told local media.

Colossal squid, which are found deep in Antarctic waters, are thought to be about the same length as giant squid ( Architeutis dux ) but are much heavier.

The species was first identified in 1925, but very few specimens have been found.

The first specimen recovered intact, a 150kg (330lb) immature female, was caught on the surface in the Ross Sea near the Antarctic coast in April 2004.

'Nearly dead'

Mr Anderton said the fishermen had been fishing for Patagonian toothfish in deep Antarctic waters when the squid - which was eating a toothfish - was caught.

"The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in good condition," he said.

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The squid was frozen in the ship's hull and brought back to New Zealand for scientific examination.

"The colossal squid has just arrived in New Zealand and it is likely that it is the first intact adult male colossal squid to ever be successfully landed," Mr Anderton said.

Count Zarth
02-22-2007, 06:15 AM
Now that's ****ing scary.

Stewie
02-22-2007, 06:16 AM
That'll make alot of calamari.

Ultra Peanut
02-22-2007, 06:18 AM
Now that's ****ing scary.You were destined to have the first reply, weren't you?

Count Zarth
02-22-2007, 06:25 AM
You were destined to have the first reply, weren't you?

I knew there was a reason I woke up early today. I have ESSP. That's extra-sensory squid perception. When squid news hits, I'M THERE. I'm going to start SNN, the Squid News Network.

cadmonkey
02-22-2007, 06:26 AM
I just sh*t myself a little looking at that.

chagrin
02-22-2007, 06:27 AM
Very interesting, thanks for posting this :)

Bill Parcells
02-22-2007, 06:41 AM
Now that's ****ing scary.
Now all you need is that dinosaur in your avatar to appear somewhere in the world,and then you will really look like a genius!

HMc
02-22-2007, 06:45 AM
i don't understand why we have to kill it. Or examine it. It's big, a big squid. Can we kill Shaquile O'neal and examine him?

chagrin
02-22-2007, 07:20 AM
Peanut - this thread got me searching and I found a site where they show photos of all sorts of creepy deep, dark sea creatures...


http://www.mbayaq.org/efc/living_species/default.asp?hOri=0&hab=9&inhab=168

Simplex3
02-22-2007, 07:20 AM
i don't understand why we have to kill it. Or examine it. It's big, a big squid. Can we kill Shaquile O'neal and examine him?
Please? Can Larry Allen be next?

ROYC75
02-22-2007, 07:22 AM
Damn, that's huge..........

Bwana
02-22-2007, 07:46 AM
Tasty!

boogblaster
02-22-2007, 08:18 AM
You just made Redrum's mom jealous ....

Sully
02-22-2007, 08:27 AM
SOmeone run down to Costco.
We are gonna need a hell of a lot more cocktail sauce.

Mr. Laz
02-22-2007, 03:34 PM
i don't understand why we have to kill it.
it's rare that the human race doesn't kill something it finds.

Easy 6
02-22-2007, 03:44 PM
Peanut - this thread got me searching and I found a site where they show photos of all sorts of creepy deep, dark sea creatures...


http://www.mbayaq.org/efc/living_species/default.asp?hOri=0&hab=9&inhab=168

Cool link, thanks.

Those angler fish that are basically all mouth are the stuff of nightmares, right out of a Salvador Dali take on hell.