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'It's a whopper': Giant squid washes up on Australian beach
Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/11/2007 6:23:08 AM PDT by BufordP


The squid that washed up on an Australian beach weights 550 pounds and is 26 feet long from the tip of its body to the end of its tentacles.
---AFP/Getty Images

HOBART, Australia — A squid as long as a bus and weighing 550 pounds washed up on an Australian beach, officials said today.

"It is a whopper," said Genefor Walker-Smith, a zoologist who studies invertebrates at the Tasmanian Museum.

Giant squid live in waters off southern Australia and New Zealand — where a half-ton colossus, believed to be the world's largest, was caught in February. They attract the sperm whales that feed on them.

The dead squid, measuring 3 feet across at its widest point and 26 feet from the tip of its body to the end of its tentacles, was found early today by a beachcomber at Ocean Beach on the island state of Tasmania's west coast, the museum said.

The squid was expected to be taken to the museum, where DNA and other scientific tests would be carried out before it is preserved and possibly put on public display.

For anyone thinking of a calamari feast, Walker-Smith said giant squid contain high levels of ammonia in their bodies as a buoyancy aid.

"It would not taste very nice at all," she said.

New Zealand fishermen netted a 1,100-pound, 33-foot-long squid in the Southern Ocean in February. It is widely believed to be the largest specimen of the rare and mysterious deep-water species Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, or colossal squid, ever caught.

Experts believe the creatures, which have long been one of the most mysterious denizens of the deep ocean, may grow even bigger — up to 46 feet long.



TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: calamari; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; giantsquid; kraken; squid

1 posted on 07/11/2007 6:23:11 AM PDT by BufordP
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To: BufordP

HILLARY!!

Oh, I was expecting that Squidillary picture that gets posted now and again...


2 posted on 07/11/2007 6:30:04 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: BufordP
Only squid bigger is the Colossal Squid.

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3 posted on 07/11/2007 6:31:24 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: BufordP

The squid’s last thoughts as it beached itself: This sucks, I’m all washed up!


4 posted on 07/11/2007 6:32:18 AM PDT by Redcitizen (Grond! Grond! Grond!)
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To: BufordP
"Eerrrr MaDarl'n.... Is Jack Sparrow responsible for this? "


5 posted on 07/11/2007 6:33:55 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mware
Yummy.

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6 posted on 07/11/2007 6:35:04 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: BufordP

They can call it a whopper all they like, but it looks like a large fry to me


7 posted on 07/11/2007 6:35:32 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the round in the chamber.)
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To: BufordP; mware

Is this the smallest “giant squid” on record?


8 posted on 07/11/2007 6:36:42 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: swatbuznik
Squidillary!

9 posted on 07/11/2007 6:42:47 AM PDT by evets (Beer)
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To: FreePaul
I don't know but I wouldn't want that beak going after me.

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10 posted on 07/11/2007 6:44:02 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: FreePaul
In this photo released by New Zealand Fisheries Department on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, shows an unidentified New Zealand fisherman with a giant squid believed to have been caught in early February 2007 in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. The creature, known as a colossal squid (scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) and is thought to be the largest squid ever found anywhere in the world, weighing an estimated 450kg, 150kg heavier than the next biggest specimen ever found. (AP Photo/New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries)
Well, now that you mention it.

New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

11 posted on 07/11/2007 6:44:11 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Crypto ping.

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12 posted on 07/11/2007 6:45:54 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: BufordP

Darn, my first thought was food, lots of food.

“high levels of ammonia in their bodies”

Glad to see they are mounting it for display.


13 posted on 07/11/2007 6:51:53 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: BufordP

Throw that shrimp on the “Barby” mate.


14 posted on 07/11/2007 6:54:11 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Tennessee Nana; trooprally

Hey, TennesseeNana, have you ever spotted a squid this big off the coast of Tennessee?


15 posted on 07/11/2007 7:03:12 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: BufordP

Paging Kirk Douglas...


16 posted on 07/11/2007 7:06:56 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: BufordP

17 posted on 07/11/2007 7:08:35 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: BufordP

Dumbledore would be upset if he were still alive.


18 posted on 07/11/2007 7:17:29 AM PDT by Ingtar (...right wing conservatives are growing tired of crawling on bloody stumps looking for scraps - JRob)
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To: BufordP
I use Architeuthis as one of my fantasy baseball team names.

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(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

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19 posted on 07/11/2007 7:42:26 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Lurker; pcottraux

Thanks L.


20 posted on 07/11/2007 11:17:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 10, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Angelas; presidio9; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; new cruelty; ..
Some people have complained about crypto-pings being made for giant squid stories, since it is obviously not an undiscovered species anymore.

To them I say, file it under "classic crypto-moments" and STFU.


21 posted on 07/11/2007 2:15:27 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: pcottraux

Wonder if it’s related to the sonar testing that was mentioned a few weeks ago? Just thinking out loud.


22 posted on 07/11/2007 5:18:41 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my SUV with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
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To: pcottraux
To them I say, file it under "classic crypto-moments" and STFU.

Does that mean "Start The Filing Under..." ?
23 posted on 07/12/2007 7:05:23 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: Cold Heart
"...high levels of ammonia in their bodies..."

No problem. Prepare as Hakarl and chase it with some "black death".

24 posted on 07/12/2007 10:00:49 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (I traded freedom for security and all I got were these damned shackles.)
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To: beezdotcom

;-)


25 posted on 07/13/2007 2:02:17 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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