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Photo in the News: Giant Squid Captured, Filmed for First Time
National Geographic News ^ | 22 Dec 2006 | Blake de Pastino

Posted on 12/22/2006 5:50:07 PM PST by jimtorr

December 22, 2006—Like pulling a shadow from the darkness, researchers in Japan have captured and filmed a live giant squid—likely for the first time—shedding new light on the famously elusive creatures.

Tsunemi Kubodera, a scientist with Japan's National Science Museum, caught the 24-foot (7-meter) animal earlier this month near the island of Chichijima, some 600 miles (960 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo (see Japan map).

His team snared the animal using a line baited with small squid and shot video of the russet-colored giant as it was hauled to the surface.

The squid, a young female, "put up quite a fight" as the team attempted to bring it aboard, Kudobera told the Associated Press, and the animal died from injuries sustained during the capture.

Giant squid, the world's largest invertebrates, are thought to reach sizes up to 60 feet (18 meters), but because they live at such great ocean depths they have never been studied in the wild.

Kubodera has spent three years searching for the creatures, and his team scored a coup in 2004 when it used a remote underwater camera to take the first-ever photographs of a live giant squid.

(See a gallery of the first photos taken of a live giant squid.)

The capture may be a sign that giant squid are more plentiful than had been thought, Kubodera said, and the event could help open up more fruitful research into the poorly understood animal.

"Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: calamari; cryptozoology; giant; giantsquid; kraken; seafood; squid; sushi
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1 posted on 12/22/2006 5:50:08 PM PST by jimtorr
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To: jimtorr
Old news:

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2 posted on 12/22/2006 5:52:54 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: jimtorr

I think Chichijima was the island where the Japanese slaughtered our prisoners of war. George HW Bush was trying to bomb that island, if I recall.


3 posted on 12/22/2006 5:53:35 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: jimtorr

Sushi anyone?


4 posted on 12/22/2006 5:54:54 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: jimtorr

This 24 foot giant squid wouldn't pose a threat to a human swimmer. All you have to do is kick them in the nose.


5 posted on 12/22/2006 5:55:16 PM PST by TheCrusader
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To: jimtorr

I wonder how they taste deep fried with some marinara sauce. :)

Cool find.


6 posted on 12/22/2006 5:55:49 PM PST by Thoro (Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.)
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To: jimtorr
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7 posted on 12/22/2006 5:55:56 PM PST by JCEccles
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To: JCEccles

Kind of cute, nice of them to kill it. I hope they at least ate it.


8 posted on 12/22/2006 5:58:08 PM PST by Williams
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To: fat city

That eye is on the large size!


9 posted on 12/22/2006 5:59:40 PM PST by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: jimtorr

Why didn't they just video the poor creature in the ocean? Killed it for no reason. Cruel.


10 posted on 12/22/2006 5:59:51 PM PST by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: JCEccles

The initial photographing of a Giant Squid started a fascinating thread on FR a couple of years ago. It mutated into a discussion of the Humboldt Squid- which is apparently no fun to run in to in the water.

They put on a pretty pre-attack bioluminescent light show, though.


11 posted on 12/22/2006 6:00:54 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: jimtorr
You call that a giant squid?

This is a giant squid!


12 posted on 12/22/2006 6:00:55 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Thoro

I wonder how they taste deep fried with some marinara sauce. :)"

Just like Calamari would be my bet.


13 posted on 12/22/2006 6:02:57 PM PST by billhilly
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To: jimtorr
I just recently saw a documentary by this same researcher where he filmed a live giant squid and actually caught one of its tentacles on a hook, but the whole squid escaped.

While the GS is certainly fascinating, I would not want to run into one of them. Yuck!

14 posted on 12/22/2006 6:03:44 PM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: jimtorr

Didn't I see this on Doctor Who? Should have even at any rate.


15 posted on 12/22/2006 6:05:59 PM PST by kcar
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To: little jeremiah
Killed it for no reason.

That's called fishing.

16 posted on 12/22/2006 6:06:27 PM PST by gotribe (There's still time to begin a war in Iraq.)
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To: Thoro

Hmmm, fried calamari . . . .

17 posted on 12/22/2006 6:07:42 PM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: billhilly
I wonder how they taste deep fried with some marinara sauce. :)"

I'm given to understand that the flesh of the Giant Squid reeks of ammonia.

18 posted on 12/22/2006 6:07:58 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: little jeremiah
Why didn't they just video the poor creature in the ocean? Killed it for no reason. Cruel.

Life is cruel. Build a bridge already.

19 posted on 12/22/2006 6:09:32 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Gov't: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it)
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To: Paladin2
"That eye is on the large size!"

Odd, because the Japanese are usually so precise in their portrayal of mutant organisms.

20 posted on 12/22/2006 6:12:01 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: fat city
Check out the beak of this colossal squid.

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21 posted on 12/22/2006 6:17:16 PM PST 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: JCEccles

Mama mia....'at's a lotta calamari!


22 posted on 12/22/2006 6:20:45 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: jimtorr
I am pleased, as is my cephalopod God.

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23 posted on 12/22/2006 6:25:37 PM PST by Wormwood (I'm with you in Rockland)
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To: jimtorr

kewl.


24 posted on 12/22/2006 6:27:59 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Gov't: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it)
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To: mware
Man, that thing is huge! So, apparently squid are ranked like shrimp: Colossal> Giant> Jumbo> Large> Medium> Salad?
25 posted on 12/22/2006 6:29:27 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: fat city

You should have seen the hooks on the end of the two largest tenticles. I will see if I can find a photo of it.


26 posted on 12/22/2006 6:30:53 PM PST 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: mware

Where did they find that thing?


27 posted on 12/22/2006 6:33:14 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: fat city
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Something even more frightening.

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28 posted on 12/22/2006 6:38:21 PM PST 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: fat city

Georgia. It feeds on killer rabbits. That how it got so huge.


29 posted on 12/22/2006 6:39:23 PM PST by sine_nomine (Don't let another Bush lose another Iraq war.)
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To: fat city

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/883339/posts


30 posted on 12/22/2006 6:40:36 PM PST 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: OldFriend
"I think Chichijima was the island where the Japanese slaughtered our prisoners of war. George HW Bush was trying to bomb that island, if I recall."

You are correct. Well documented in the book "Flyboys" by James Bradley, who also wrote "Flags of Our Fathers."

31 posted on 12/22/2006 6:46:01 PM PST by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: fat city
That picture looks like someone pulled one of the Easter Bunny's ears out of his head, roots and all.


32 posted on 12/22/2006 6:46:26 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: mware; onyx; Yehuda; Peach

. . [ gulp!] . . . IT'S

. . . Sir Edmund Hillary "Squidward" Clinton ,... aka Medusa , The Arkancide Dirtnap Queen

[ she plays a mean clarinet ]

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33 posted on 12/22/2006 6:48:55 PM PST by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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To: Angelas; presidio9; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; new cruelty; SunkenCiv; ..
Already been posted, but still pingworthy. Unfortunately, there is a little sadness at seeing another great mystery planet Earth had to offer being uncovered.


34 posted on 12/22/2006 6:50:03 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: Dad yer funny


LOL-LOL-LOL

Thanks for the ping!


35 posted on 12/22/2006 7:10:39 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Old Professer

Hehehe- well, I can get behind the Easter Squid if you can. A tradition begging to be written.


36 posted on 12/22/2006 7:13:58 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: fat city

"When the sea is full, the squid shall walk the Earth." ;)

37 posted on 12/22/2006 7:16:11 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: gotribe

It didn't sound as though they caught it to eat but to look at.


38 posted on 12/22/2006 7:32:49 PM PST by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: little jeremiah

You forgot the /sarcasm tag.


39 posted on 12/22/2006 7:40:38 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor

I don't like to see creatures killed for no reason.


40 posted on 12/22/2006 7:55:12 PM PST by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: little jeremiah

"It didn't sound as though they caught it to eat but to look at." Damn, doofus, didya ever hear of 'RESEARCH'?


41 posted on 12/22/2006 8:08:56 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: JCEccles

Paging Kirk Douglas!


42 posted on 12/22/2006 8:11:56 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: jimtorr

43 posted on 12/22/2006 8:15:36 PM PST by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: King of Florida

You aint kidding...


44 posted on 12/22/2006 8:18:47 PM PST by lndrvr1972
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To: Riley

So does San Francisco


45 posted on 12/22/2006 8:24:49 PM PST by packrat35 (guest worker/day worker=SlaveMart)
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To: Trust but Verify
While the GS is certainly fascinating, I would not want to run into one of them. Yuck!

IIRC, there are a number of reports of men being snatched off of life boats during WWII.

Mark

46 posted on 12/22/2006 8:31:58 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: little jeremiah
I don't like to see creatures killed for no reason.

I understand that sentiment. However this isn't Bambi we're discussing and it's not something to trifle with, either. This critter is not only a meat eating predator, it routinely battles one of the biggest of the toothed whales (Sperm) and I'm certain it wins at least some of the time. The novels of Peter Benchley notwithstanding, there have been reports from various parts of the world of these critters attacking men. Unsubstantiated? Maybe. But it behooves us as the top of the food chain, to keep an EYE on the up and comers. If this were wholesale slaughter, I'd have to agree with you. But I kinda doubt killing one of these or heck a dozen is going to put a crimp in the population.

For hundreds of years, this was largely a mythical creature. Sea stories and wild tales passed down thru the ages until it became the stuff of Jules Verne stories. Like BigFoot, this was one that was only going to be settled with a body. A dead body. By all accounts this was a small example of the species. Had this been one of the BIG BOYS of legend, it's possible the encounter between man and beast could have gone the other way. I kinda doubt this was like shooting fish in a barrel. So don't feel too bad.

47 posted on 12/22/2006 8:35:52 PM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: Trust but Verify
I, too, saw that program (on the Discovery Channel, I think) and was amazed by the photos they took.

According to the article on Fox News, this is the same team.

48 posted on 12/22/2006 8:36:24 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I see storms on the horizon.")
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To: MarkL

I'd rather be eaten by sharks. Can you imagine? Makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!


49 posted on 12/22/2006 8:44:48 PM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: pcottraux

http://www.tonmo.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-3837.html


50 posted on 12/22/2006 8:53:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Don't bother, I haven't updated my profile since 11/16/06. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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