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Australian fishermen net 500-pound squid (20 feet long; OF COURSE there are pictures :-))
AP / Various others ^ | May 26, 2008

Posted on 05/26/2008 10:26:35 AM PDT by Stoat

Australian fishermen net 500-pound squid

4 hours ago

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian fishermen have hauled up a 20-foot-long giant squid off the country's southeastern coast.

Skipper Rangi Pene said Monday that the 500-pound squid was already dead when it was caught in a trawler's nets Sunday night in waters more than 1,640 feet deep.

Paul McCoy, a fisheries research biologist, said it took 10 men to lift the squid onto a stretcher and place it in a storage freezer in the city of Portland. A museum will collect it this week.

McCoy said an analysis by the museum would determine the type of squid, its age and possibly how it died.

 

 


TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: australia; calamari; cryptozoology; fishermen; fishing; giantsquid; kraken; squid; tentacles; unagi
 

Fisherman land giant squid Giant squid The Sun HomePageNews

 

 

A six-metre long, 230kg squid which was netted by skipper Rangi Pene about 40 kilometres off the coast of Portland in Victoria.

Sea monster ... squid

 

Oz fishermen are squids in

 

By STAFF REPORTER

Published: Today

 
 
 
 

AUSTRALIAN fishermen were squids in when they hauled this 20-foot long sea monster from the ocean.

Skipper Rangi Pene said the 500-pound giant squid was already dead when it was caught in the trawler’s nets last night off Australia’s southeastern coast waters, which plummet to depths of 1,640 feet.

 

Squids in ... catch of the day

Squids in ... catch of the day

 

Paul McCoy, a fisheries research biologist, said it took 10 men to lift the squid onto a stretcher and place it in a storage freezer in the city of Portland.

Museum Victoria will collect the creature this week.

Mr McCoy said analysis by the museum would determine the type of squid, its age and possibly how it died.

Pictures 20ft giant squid caught by fisherman - Mirror.co.uk

FUN SQUID FACTS

- The giant squid remains largely a mystery to scientists despite being the biggest invertebrate on Earth. Their inhospitable deep-sea habitat has made them uniquely difficult to study, and almost everything scientists know about them is from carcasses that have washed up on beaches or been hauled in by fishermen. 

- The largest of these elusive giants ever found measured 59 feet (18 metres) in length and weighed nearly a ton (900 kg).

- Squid are among the fastest invertebrates on Earth speeding through the water at up to 24mph.

- Research indicates that squid cannot smell, they have no noses.

- Squid eyes are similar to fish eyes. They have no eyelids but control the amount of light coming into the eye by opening and closing their slitted pupil.

- Ever been told you've got Squid eye? It means your eye is all messed up and people can't tell which way or what you are looking at.

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MORE squid news from 2007

Colossal squid hooked with rings the size of tractor tyres (May be largest ever caught)

 

1 posted on 05/26/2008 10:26:35 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Send lemon and butter.


2 posted on 05/26/2008 10:28:26 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Stoat

Is this a fresh dead squid or are they dragging out the old 20 foot squid again for the slow news weekend?


3 posted on 05/26/2008 10:30:26 AM PDT by RightWhale (You are reading this now)
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To: SunkenCiv; shaggy eel; Cyclopean Squid; Squidpup
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4 posted on 05/26/2008 10:30:48 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Calamari for everyone!
5 posted on 05/26/2008 10:32:41 AM PDT by OB1kNOb ("We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election." - Ahmed Yousef, Hamas PM advisor)
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To: RightWhale
Is this a fresh dead squid

I would never distrust our Aussie Friends when it comes to something as essential as Squid News.......I'm confident it's a fresh squid  :-)

6 posted on 05/26/2008 10:33:23 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Momma Mia, Datsa alotsa calamare. We gona need lotsa tomatoes, basile and one bigga pot.


7 posted on 05/26/2008 10:41:52 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Where have all our Great Leaders gone? Certainly there must be one out there?)
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To: RightWhale
Is this a fresh dead squid...?

He's not dead. He's pining for the fjords.

8 posted on 05/26/2008 10:44:53 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Stoat

What in the hell were they trawling for at 1,640 feet deep?

Besides dead squid, of course.


9 posted on 05/26/2008 10:50:23 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Bringbackthedraft
We gona need lotsa tomatoes

Valencia, Spain usually has a few extras....

La Tomatina tomato fight

Street scene at La Tomatina

 

La Tomatina Spanish Tomato Festival at Buñol - Events - Valencia

La Tomatina Spanish Tomato Festival at Buñol
 

La Tomatina Spanish Tomato Festival at Buñol

Practical Joke Turned All-Out Spanish Tomato War!

150,000 tomatoes; 20,000 unrelenting participants; and 2 hours of exhilarating entertainment! That is the meaning of this once-a-year popular Spainsh tomato festival, held at the Plaza del Pueblo, in the tiny Spanish town of Buñol, just 15 minutes by train from Valencia in Spain.

It’s name – La Tomatina. How it began – no-one really knows, yet its origins lie somewhere between a ‘practical joke’ of throwing tomatoes to silence a singing townsman, to a riot that broke out over a disagreement between some youths and members of a parade in 1945. The battle was broken up by police, but the following year on the same date, the men came prepared with their own tomatoes. The date then became known as the day of the Tomatina and has been celebrated ever since. It’s held on the last Wednesday of August every year, at ten o’clock in the morning – this year being 27th August 2008.

 

 

 

Tomatina Festival in Valencia


10 posted on 05/26/2008 10:52:28 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Dog Gone
What in the hell were they trawling for at 1,640 feet deep?

Besides dead squid, of course.

Perhaps it was another DOD recovery project....

Titanic search was cover for secret Cold War subs mission - Times Online

Project Jennifer - Hughes Glomar Explorer

11 posted on 05/26/2008 10:58:58 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: RichInOC

Calamari for a year.


12 posted on 05/26/2008 11:02:17 AM PDT by Be_Politically_Erect (If I didn't think he'd get emotionally attached to it, I'd tell Barry to kiss my A**!)
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To: RichInOC

“Send lemon and butter.”

Hope you like the distinct aftertaste of ammonia. The tissue of a giant squid is soaked with it.

Not quite as appealing, is it?


13 posted on 05/26/2008 11:09:13 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: CaspersGh0sts

I wonder who the first human was who looked at a squid of any size and said, “that looks darn tasty.”


14 posted on 05/26/2008 11:14:49 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
I wonder who the first human was who looked at a squid of any size and said, “that looks darn tasty.”


15 posted on 05/26/2008 11:21:18 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Dog Gone

I’d bet it was a Scotsman, all our food started as a dare some just didn’t carry through.


16 posted on 05/26/2008 11:26:45 AM PDT by Uriah_lost (Do you have your "bug out" plan ready?)
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To: Stoat
Squid-Ping Photobucket
17 posted on 05/26/2008 11:30:10 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Stoat
- Research indicates that squid cannot smell, they have no noses.

I'll bet this one smells.

18 posted on 05/26/2008 11:52:08 AM PDT by Octar
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To: Stoat

DANG! That's-a one spicy meatball under all-a them tomatoes!

(And that's all I'll say about her tomatoes lest I get suspended.)

19 posted on 05/26/2008 12:05:57 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Stoat

BREAKING... squid found to be registered to vote in Chicago...more...


20 posted on 05/26/2008 1:06:51 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Stoat

Toss it into the air in a Japanese neighborhood and not a piece of it will hit the ground.


21 posted on 05/26/2008 2:09:31 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Stoat
Photobucket
22 posted on 05/26/2008 4:14:26 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Stoat

Lovecraft would be rolling over in his grave...

...and I’m rolling on the floor laughing.


23 posted on 05/26/2008 5:43:45 PM PDT by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Squidpup

Both of those pics are GREAT, but the animated one is just WONDERFUL!! :-)

Thanks so much for posting :-)


24 posted on 05/26/2008 10:59:52 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

*mixes wasabe*


25 posted on 05/26/2008 11:01:59 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Stoat; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ..

Wow, that thing must have sucked.


26 posted on 05/26/2008 11:12:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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To: Hi Heels

LMAO
Hoping you have an industrial cement mixer to prepare it in :-)

Hosting a ‘giant squid calamari party’ would probably last so long that the neighbors might become unpleasant.

Neighbor: “I’m just wondering if your twelve-day bash might be drawing to a close sometime soon? Your 250 guests are making it a bit difficult for us to get into our driveway....”

Miss Heels: “But we’ve barely gotten through one tentacle....would you care for some more?”


27 posted on 05/26/2008 11:15:19 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

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28 posted on 05/26/2008 11:17:37 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

With MY KID? ppffttt.... It wouldn’t last an hour....


29 posted on 05/26/2008 11:26:31 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
With MY KID? ppffttt.... It wouldn’t last an hour....

Oh Lawdy....that brings particularly vivid imagery to the neural landscape  :-)

I do hope that you'll keep your fingers well clear during feeding times....you will have much greater difficulty typing at Free Republic if any of your digits are mistaken for a snack   :-)

30 posted on 05/26/2008 11:43:18 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
We use to tease her (yeah, HER) that,due to the enthusiastic splattering, we needed a tarp when she ate. At 3 1/2 years old I once spent $85 on sushi just for her in one evening.

She's a beautiful 120lb college student now, and would never wolf down food like that....

in front of her boyfriend anyways...

31 posted on 05/26/2008 11:50:53 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
We use to tease her (yeah, HER) that,due to the enthusiastic splattering, we needed a tarp when she ate. At 3 1/2 years old I once spent $85 on sushi just for her in one evening.

Astonishing....I'm sure that the restaurant was delighted to have you and the staff cried when you left, pleading with you to come back soon   :-)

She's a beautiful 120lb college student now, and would never wolf down food like that....

in front of her boyfriend anyways...

ROTFLMAO!

Her future husband will be in for a bit of a surprise the first time he returns home after a long day at work:

BabyHeels' Hubby: "Honey, didn't we have two large turkeys, a giant squid and sixty pounds of wasabe here in the refrigerator yesterday?  I thought that I had picked those up shopping, but I suppose I could be mistaken......"

BabyHeels: "burp"

32 posted on 05/27/2008 12:08:14 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Yep. But I think he’s starting to suspect. We had steak tonight and she daintily ate at least a pound of meat, 2 helpings of mashed potatoes, 1/2 a big zucchini out of the garden with ranch dressing and a homemade chili rellano. Then polished it off with some rocky road. Boyfriend is 6’4”. Barely finished his dinner. Just watched with his mouth open in astonishment.


33 posted on 05/27/2008 12:14:04 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
Yep. But I think he’s starting to suspect. We had steak tonight and she daintily ate at least a pound of meat, 2 helpings of mashed potatoes, 1/2 a big zucchini out of the garden with ranch dressing and a homemade chili rellano. Then polished it off with some rocky road. Boyfriend is 6’4”. Barely finished his dinner. Just watched with his mouth open in astonishment.

Well, hopefully he has business associates in the wholesale foods distribution industry who can arrange some sort of volume delivery system.  He'll have to come up with some sort of plausible cover story however, like "we're hosting four Vietnamese families in our basement while they finish up their Citizenship program" or "we're starting a wild animal safari park in our back yard, and we've found that the lions and bears all prefer steak, zucchini and giant squid".

34 posted on 05/27/2008 12:35:29 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Imagine her pregnant. *shiver*


35 posted on 05/27/2008 12:44:30 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
Imagine her pregnant. *shiver*

That shouldn't be too much of a problem if the distribution system is well-established.  If she begins to have special cravings, it should be no problem to tick a few extra boxes on the internet order template.  It may be an issue if these cravings are wildly divergent and occur at odd times of the day and night however.  Hopefully they will be living near a 24-hour gourmet grocery store that can accommodate BabyHeels' Hubby when he rushes in at 4AM in a bathrobe, screaming at the top of his lungs that his wife needs to have two cases of pickled pigs' feet, a pallet of chocolate covered pickles and a giant squid STAT!

That shouldn't be too difficult, should it?

"snicker"

And when MiniHeels is born, everything is just doubled.  Simple, right?  :-)

36 posted on 05/27/2008 12:54:52 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I’m scared. I won’t lie. People. dogs. cats. lions. fish. I’m terrified.


37 posted on 05/27/2008 12:57:23 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
I’m scared. I won’t lie. People. dogs. cats. lions. fish. I’m terrified.

Just keep a tranquilizer gun handy.  If relatives or neighbors start disappearing and she starts ordering a lot of "how to build a giant barbecue with rotating spit in your backyard" books from Amazon and begins to look at you in a decidedly different way, just "trank" her and drop her off at the Zoo.  She'll have a nice snack there and will be fine for probably several hours.   :-)

Next day, a new Zoo.

38 posted on 05/27/2008 1:04:22 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Then she'll have the baby and it will be hungry.....

and stoats?

barely a meal....

39 posted on 05/27/2008 1:24:34 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Hi Heels
Then she'll have the baby and it will be hungry.....

Isn't that what petting zoos are for?

and stoats?

barely a meal....

Hopefully my scruffy appearance and reputation for having "an occasional flea issue"  will make me quite unattractive as a potential culinary option

 "nervous chuckle"

 

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Anyway, when the subject matter turns to stoats as entree items, I've come to regard this as a good time to say good evening, which I must do now as tomorrow begins all too early.

May I say that it was a distinct pleasure in chatting with you, and I hope that we might do so again one day, perhaps when there is not quite as much danger of me winding up on a barbecue?

Thank you so very much for spending time with me, and I wish the very best for you and yours.

Goodnight   :-)

"waving paw"

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40 posted on 05/27/2008 1:55:13 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Dog Gone

its not the first person.. they were probably starving or maybe deranged.. the real question is.. how’d they convince other people to try it?


41 posted on 05/27/2008 7:26:32 AM PDT by absolootezer0 ( Detroit: we're so bad, even our mayor is a criminal)
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